Wounded Montague deputy returns home, but not to work

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A Montague County Sheriff's deputy who was shot in the head and the chest by a Colorado parolee on March 21 went home on Easter Sunday but the date for his return to work remains uncertain.

Deputy James Boyd, 27, left a Fort Worth rehabilitation facility on Sunday surrounded by the Patriot Guard, a group that usually escorts fallen veterans, for his ride home.

While he has returned home, Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said he isn't sure when Boyd will be back on the job.

"That's up to his doctor and his physical therapist," Cunningham said. "But it was certainly good to get him home for Easter."

Boyd pulled over a black Cadillac along U.S. 287 in Bowie on March 19 and was greeted with a hail of bullets. "All I saw was a gun," Boyd said last week during an interview in Fort Worth.

Boyd was able to give dispatchers a description of the vehicle and the direction it was headed after he was shot.

Doctors have said his bullet-proof vest saved his life. A third bullet grazed his head and gave him a severe concussion but doctors have said he is expected to make a full recovery. The parolee, Evan Spencer Ebel, died after a gunbattle with authorities in Decatur. His 9 millimeter handgun has been linked to the March 19 shooting of Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Investigators found materials to make a pipe bomb. A Domino's pizza carrier and a Domino's jacket or shirt was also found in the car's trunk, according to a search warrant. Ebel is also a suspect in the March 17 killing of a Domino's pizza delivery man, Nathan Leon, in Denver.

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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