2 sheriff’s deputies wounded in Columbus

other_crime_alt1COLUMBUS (AP) – Two deputies were wounded Tuesday in a shooting in a Lowndes County subdivision.

WCBI-TV reports Clint Simms and Larry Swearingen are recovering following surgery. Chief Deputy Marc Miley said the men treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus

Authorities said the deputies were conducting a welfare check about 1:15 p.m. in the New Hope area when they were shot by a man with a high-powered rifle. Simms was shot in the thigh while Swearingen was hit in the abdomen during the ambush.

Miley says one person has been taken into custody. He would not release further details, referring all questions to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. A spokesman for that agency did not immediately return a call for comment.