Deputy Injured by Atlanta Courthouse Killer Leaves Brain Injury Center


The Associated Press

ATLANTA, Ga. - The deputy injured by the man who allegedly took her gun and went on a deadly courthouse shooting rampage was released Wednesday from a brain injury center where she had been recovering for nearly a month.

Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy Cynthia Hall walked on her own out of the Shepherd Center, thanking her physician, Dr. Gerald Bilsky, as she left.

Police say Brian Nichols attacked Hall as she escorted him to a courtroom in the Fulton County Courthouse on March 11, took her gun from a lockbox and then killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes and a court reporter. Nichols also is accused of killing a deputy outside the courthouse and a federal agent before he was arrested 26 hours after the shootings began.

Hall, 51, suffered bleeding of the brain and required surgery to restore a hole caused by fractures around her right eye.

Bilsky said Wednesday that she may never fully recover enough to handle a firearm and resume her former duties.

"A good outcome for her is to be independent," Bilsky said.

Hall is expected to undergo weeks to months of additional therapy at an outpatient therapy clinic, he said.

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