Carter County Sheriff’s deputy shares story after being shot in the head twice

Carter County Deputy Jenna Markland speaks out for the first time since being shot in the line of duty
Carter County Deputy Jenna Markland's patrol badge
Carter County Deputy Jenna Markland’s patrol badge

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – The flashing amber lights are now gone and so are most investigators but still the wounds are fresh on Carter County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Deputy Jenna Markland’s face, the wounds of a shooting victim, the wounds of a survivor.

“I think I feel a lot better than I look, so I was pretty lucky that I got out of the hospital in less than 24 hours,” Deputy Markland said.

Fresh out of a hospital bed, Deputy Markland told News Channel 11 Friday afternoon, she’s ready to go back to work.

“I would come back tomorrow if they would let me,” Deputy Markland said.

It is safe to say that becoming a Carter County sheriff’s deputy is part of her destiny. A birth-right so to speak.

“Law enforcement to me, it’s a family business my dad was in law enforcement for years he actually used to be the chief here at Carter County,” Deputy Markland said.

On Wednesday night, Deputy Markland did what was natural instinct for her. She put her training at the academy to use.

“You go to every call expecting you know something could happen but you just never really know until it actually happens what you are going to do,” Deputy Markland said.

That night, Authorities say Deputy Jenna Markland and several other deputies along with Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford were involved in a shootout with 36-year-old Kelly Pitts.

“When I first heard shots fired, is that I’ve got to get out of the vehicle and I tried my best to get out and I’ve ended up getting out and crouching back behind one of the cars,” Deputy Markland said.

Those patrol cars were riddled with bullets. Authorities have since told us that Pitts was armed and fired at deputies with an AK-47 assault rifle. Still, Deputy Markland and the others on scene that Wednesday night never wavered.

“My main goal was, you know watching my fellow officers backs and keeping myself safe as well,” Deputy Markland said.

Still no word yet on when Deputy Jenna Markland will return to work at the Carter County Sheriff’s office.

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