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UPDATE: Grayson County deputy has surgery for gunshot wound

A Grayson County deputy is recovering after being shot while responding to a domestic dispute.

June 27, 2012|WDBJ7 Web Staff/Orlando Salinas
New River Valley Regional Jail

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. — Continuing coverage now of a deputy shooting in Grayson County.

That deputy is recovering after being shot Tuesday night at a home on Skyline Highway near Galax.

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughn says Deputy Douglas Waller should recover all the way. He says his bullet proof vest was a lifesaver.

Just before Tuesday night Deputy Waller and Deputy Douglas Watson were sent to a home on Skyline Highway just outside of Galax.

The call came in as a domestic dispute between husband and wife Gary Wheatley and Crystal Gooslin. The sheriff says his deputies had been called to that home at least 20 times in the past year. 

On Tuesday night, the sheriff says Wheatley started shooting as soon as Deputy Waller walked up to the home. Waller was shot just above the belt line.     Deputy Watson fired back and missed.

Wheatley gave up a few minutes later. Last year that home is where deputies found 2,000 rounds of ammo, pistols and assault rifles. They charged Gooslin a convicted felon with possession of ammunition.

The sheriff said he sent two deputies because that is all he could send.

Deputy Waller went through four hours of surgery. He's married, but does not have children. The sheriff says Waller wears his vest religiously.

Both Wheatley and Gooslin are in the New River Valley Regional Jail. Wheatley is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder.



A Grayson County deputy is recovering after being shot while responding to a domestic dispute.

On Tuesday night just before 10:45 p.m. Grayson County Deputies Douglas Waller and Kevin Watson responded to 3016 Skyline Highway in Galax.

As Deputy Waller approached the front door, he was shot in the lower abdomen. Deputy Watson returned gun fire as the two of them took cover behind a vehicle in the driveway.

After a couple of minutes two subjects came out of the house with their hands raised and they were taken into custody. Two elderly subjects were also in the residence at the time of the shooting.

Deputy Waller’s bullet proof vest sent the bullet down to his pelvis region. He was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital where he was stabilized and flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Deputy Waller underwent surgery for nearly four hours, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Gary Frank Wheatley, 44, of Galax was charged with two counts of attempted capital murder, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.  Wheatley is currently being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

Crystal Gooslin, 47, of Galax was charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.  Gooslin is also being held without bond. Gooslin has charges pending in Grayson County Circuit Court for an August 2011 incident involving her being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On August 10, 2011, 14 long guns, pistols and assault rifles, along with nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition was seized from her residence by Grayson County Deputies.

Officers from the City of Galax, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to assist. Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan commended all of the officers involved, and asked for everyone to pray for Deputy Waller’s quick and full recovery.

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