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Injured Okmulgee County deputy returns to work

Deputy David Dish was shot in chin when responding to a 911 call Jan. 1 in Okmulgee County. The shooting suspect faces three charges.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: April 21, 2012

— An Okmulgee County deputy who survived a tour in Iraq only to come home and be shot in the face is back at work.

David Dish, 26, was one of four deputies who responded to a 911 call Jan. 1 in northern Okmulgee County, said Mike Stacy, the sheriff's department chief investigator.

Dish was shot in the chin and taken to a Tulsa hospital where he had surgery for a fractured jaw, Stacy said. The .38-caliber bullet went into Dish's chin and lodged in his jaw. One tooth was knocked out by the root and another tooth broken.

“He's a good deputy,” Stacy said. “He's been through a lot for a person his age.”

Another deputy, Jason Vest, who is no longer with the sheriff's department, was hit by shrapnel, Stacy said.

Amos Calvin Johnson, 57, of Mounds, was charged March 8 in Okmulgee County District Court with feloniously pointing a firearm and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

When the deputies arrived at Johnson's home, he opened fire and the deputies took cover, Stacy said. Johnson advanced on the deputies, they returned fire, striking Johnson in the abdomen. A wounded Johnson retreated and barricaded himself into another part of the house, before he eventually surrendered.

Johnson was taken to a Tulsa hospital, where he had surgery.

He is free on $30,000 bail and is due back in court May 3, court records show. has disabled the comments for this article.