Eight years ago, Deputy Steve Edwards was sitting in his patrol car when a gunman opened fire on him.
Four bullet fragments were lodged in Edwards’ shoulder and he needed medical attention, but an ambulance was ordered to stay away from the scene because the gunman’s whereabouts were unknown. Nothing in his patrol car was going to close the wounds and stop the bleeding.
What Edwards went through in that Center Grove area subdivision in 2005 was one of too many examples Sheriff Doug Cox can recall of violence being committed against police in Johnson County. Those incidents, including a recent one where a man had enough weapons and ammunition to shoot numerous deputies, prompted him to buy 56 emergency gunshot kits for every deputy in his office.