WAUSEON, Ohio (WTVG) - Law enforcement from across Fulton County packed the courtroom to support Sheriff deputy Jeremy Simon. Simon was shot in the line of duty. The teen who shot him was sentenced to 26 years and nine months.
"I don't hold it against him. The way I look at things it's done. It's over. It's water under the bridge," said Fulton County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Simon.
August of last there was a report of a suspicious vehicle on the north side of Delta. The car stalled on State Route 109 after a pursuit.
Deputy Simon and his K-9 approached the vehicle that's when the passenger ran into a cornfield. Jeshua Gilmore opened his door and fired four shots, hitting deputy Simon twice. He apologized in court.
"I'd like to apologize to Mr. Jeremy Simon. I honestly and truthfully so sorry to Sheriff deputy Simon. I'm thankful that you are able to recover from your injuries and you are alive to be here today," said Jeshua Gilmore.
"Do you think he was remorseful when he apologized." asked reporter Alexis Means.
"Today looking at the time I think he was, but once he gets back to his cell I don't think. I don't know, I don't think it's sunk in," said Deputy Simon.
Deputy Simon is a husband, father and he comes from a long line of law enforcement. He says it was tough telling his wife he was shot.
"That's a call I hope I don't have to make twice, but I'm glad I was able to make it," said Deputy Simon.
He's back on the road and he says he looks at ever traffic stop in a different way.
"In law enforcement we are taught the hands are what's going to hurt you. I saw his hands that's why I re-holstered. When I looked down to talk to my dog to give her the command go. I looked back up and he had produced a gun. I'll never take my eyes off of a suspect again. I don't know if I'll ever re-holster again. I learned some things from this. Yes," said Deputy Simon.