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Caldwell Co. deputy who was shot down on 'road to recovery' after surgery

The deputy, along with others, was responding to a call when they 'took fire,' the sheriff's office said.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said the deputy is on the road to recovery after a major surgery.

After a "successful" surgery, the Caldwell County deputy who suffered from multiple gunshot wounds after responding to a call in Dale, Texas is on the road to recovery, the sheriff's office reports.

On Feb. 14, several days after the deputy was shot down, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Jay Johnson had a major operation to repair the damage to his right wrist. While the surgery was successful, he is expected to remain in the hospital for the time being. The sheriff's office said this is expected to be his last major surgery for a while.

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Johnson, along with other deputies, were responding to a call on Hidden Oak Road in Dale when deputies "took fire." Johnson then received wounds before he was taken to a hospital in Austin.

The residents of the home, identified by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office as 33-year-old Eduardo Lupe Padilla Jr. and 54-year-old Kimberly Ashford Moore, lived there with her two grandchildren and her mother.

Moore and Padilla were both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct discharge of firearm. Bond was set at $50,000 for each charge.

An account has been set up with First Lockhart National Bank to accept donations made in the name of Jay Johnson.

He has been employed with the sheriff's office for less than one year.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office will release more information when it becomes available.