The injured MP will lose sight in one eye; doctors are positive about his recovery

ByMartha R. Camara

Aug 8, 2022

BOWIE COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) – The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was shot in the face with a .45 caliber handgun will lose sight in his left eye, the sheriff said.

But Lt. Scott Lillis did not suffer any brain damage, Sheriff Jeff Neal added during an emotional press conference on the afternoon of Monday, August 8.

Lt. Scott Lillis of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the head by a murder suspect while arresting him.(Family)
Lt. Scott Lillis of the Bowie County Sheriff's Department was shot in the head in a murder...
Lt. Scott Lillis of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the head by a murder suspect while arresting him.(Family)
Lt. Scott Lillis of the Bowie County Sheriff's Department was shot in the head in a murder...
Lt. Scott Lillis of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the head by a murder suspect while arresting him.(Family)

‘It’s a miracle from God’ that he’s alive, said the sheriff, still visibly shaken by the weekend’s crime spree that culminated in the suspect – an ‘evil and dangerous man’ – dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

After the nearly 20-hour manhunt ended, Neal said he asked his wife to drive him to a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., where his deputy is being treated.

“Watching his wife was the first time I cracked up,” Neal said of Lillis’ wife Venus.

The injured deputy was released from the operation on Sunday August 7 and will soon be released. His doctors are very positive about his recovery, the sheriff said, but the father of three still has a long way to go. The sheriff says corrective surgery is scheduled for a later date.

Lillis’ medical bills will be covered by workers’ compensation, Neal said.

He asked everyone to pray for Lillis and her family and support any fundraiser, including benefits held by select Bowie County restaurants.

One such benefit will take place at On the Border in Texarkana, Texas on August 18. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant says 10% of final sales for takeout and takeout orders will be donated. to the Lilis family. There will also be a box at the front of the restaurant to collect cash donations.

“If one of us suffers, we all suffer.”

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