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Van Zandt County Deputy Shot After Standoff With Police

Finch was shot by fellow deputies after a standoff in Frankston. Finch was shot by fellow deputies after a standoff in Frankston.

A Van Zandt County Sheriff's Deputy is shot after a two hour stand off with law enforcement. It happened early Saturday morning at a home near Frankston.

Officers say 38 year old James Finch pistol-whipped and shot his ex-wife, then refused to come out when they arrived. The sheriff's department says the standoff ended when Finch came out of the house, firing two shots toward police. They returned fire, hitting Finch in the abdomen and arm. He and his ex-wife were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Finch was arrested for public intoxication back in 2004. Since April, he'd been working at the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department.

At a press conference today, Sheriff Pat Burnett said the department knew about that arrest, but it was not enough to keep him from being hired.

He said, "The arrest was a Class C misdemeanor that had nothing to do with family violence. There can be all kinds of different arrests hat can make you ineligible. This was not one of them."

Finch is expected to be released into custody from the hospital either tonight or tomorrow. His ex-wife has gone home from the hospital and is expected to fully recover from the gunshot wound to her foot.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com 

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