It happened in Drew County during a traffic stop at a Monticello convenience store.
According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, one of those shots struck the deputy an inch away from his heart.
“Your adrenaline gets to pumping, you want to go help,” said Sheriff Gober.
He got the call about the shooting at 10:30 Wednesday night.
Deputy Jeremy Chapman questioned the driver of a car parked at this gas station after it was closed.
That’s when the driver pulled out a gun.
Chapman TASER’d the man then deputies said the two exchanged gunfire.
Two of the bullets struck Chapman.
Sheriff Gober said they used Chapman’s log to track down the vehicle that was found in nearby Cleveland County.
After a two hour search deputies found Nicholas Bray, 34, shot to death in a deer blind.
“It’s unfortunate that Nicholas was at a point where he thought he had to take his own life,” said Sheriff Gober. “That there was no way out. So we pray and sympathize with the family members too.”
“I was just concerened for the police officer, ” said a Monticello resident, “They protect and serve us… They do a lot.”
The man who took an oath to protect this small town is expected to make a full recovery.