EMANUEL COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – An Emanuel County officer is recovering after being shot in the line of duty.

Tuesday morning, around 7:30 am, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Swainsboro Police Department officers were serving a drug search warrant on Colegrove Drive.

Authorities say the shooting suspect, 21-year-old Me’Elle Layquon Merrion, saw law enforcement approaching and fired a weapon hitting Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Dakota Lamb in his shoulder.

Investigator Lamb was transported to the Emanuel Medical Center ER, before being sent to Augusta shortly afterward.

He is expected to make a complete recovery.

Tavarius Devouil

Merrion surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. He is charged with Aggravated Assault.

31-year-old Tavarius Devouil was also taken into custody. He is charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule II-Controlled Substance and Tampering with Evidence.

Devouil is reportedly on state probation and is wanted in Burke County for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor obstruction.  

The GBI was requested to conduct the investigation.

This is a developing story.