FLOYD COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy Rusty Stanley is at home recovering after being shot on Saturday.
Deputies received a call at about 8:30 p.m. for a domestic situation in the 2500 block of Ridgeview Road on Saturday. Investigators said David Annarelli was armed with a shotgun and standing on the back porch. Officials said deputies asked Annarelli to drop the weapon multiple times before he shot Stanley. Police said Stanley returned fire.
Rusty Stanley said he is grateful to be alive and able to hold his family close. He was released from the hospital less than a day after being shot.
"I actually felt the round hit me," Stanley said. "I didn't know the extent at that point. I was more worried about my fellow officers".
Stanley was off-duty at the time the incident occurred and said he heard his fellow officers responding to a domestic dispute nearby and needing backup.
"I just have that passion to help others" he said.
Stanley said the shotgun pellets hit him in the back, stomach and leg. His wife Sherry, whom he married less than a year ago, said she couldn't imagine possibly losing the love of her life.
"There was fear, terror that I can't describe" Sherry said."My worst nightmare was coming true. That was quickly erased and an overwhelming sense of relief when I saw him before they loaded him on the helicopter and I saw he was okay."
Stanley has been with the department 16 years, he said he feels lucky to still be walking on this earth after being shot.
"I got a mighty God in heaven. He was definitely watching over myself and my fellow officers that night," continued Stanley.
He is thanking the community for the prayers as well as the support shown to those who protect and serve Floyd County.
The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.