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Chief Garrett Coming Home Next Week, Suspect Appears in Court

By Joe Sullivan
By jsullivan@wbbjtv.com

Craig Barbee appeared in Crockett County General Sessions court charged with shooting Friendship Police Chief Bill Garrett. Barbee was led into the courtroom by deputies from the Crockett County Sheriff's Department.

Barbee faces two new charges, aggravated robbery and especially aggravated robbery.

According to the arrest warrant, Barbee showed a revolver and robbed the Dollar General. He then is accused of robbing Chief Garrett before shooting him.

One of the deputies leading Barbee from the courtroom was Sgt. Allan Gilliland. He has been a friend of Bill Garrett for over twenty years.

Gilliland said, "Bill, I would say is a good person. He is a cut up. He enjoys life. He is serious about his job."

Chief Garrett remains in a hospital in Memphis. He told us that will be home from the hospital as soon as next week.

Garrett said, "The man upstairs, he's been watching over me my whole life and I am lucky enough to know that he's been watching over me and he's had a hand in this."

Chief Garrett said his liver was nicked in the shooting and he is getting around a little slow.

"I remember being put in a situation with my wife that I never want to be in," Garrett said.

In court Thursday, Craig Barbee entered a plea of not guilty, talked with the public defender and was sent back to the Madison County Jail. He is scheduled to return to court June 21st.