WATER VALLEY, Miss. — A Mississippi sheriff has given a deputy a medal for bravery, three months after a shootout in which he was wounded and a Missouri man and woman were killed.

WTVA-TV reports that Yalobusha County sheriff’s Deputy Thomas West received the medal at a banquet Saturday night.

Authorities have told news media that that he had just found a stolen all-terrain vehicle in some woods when someone started shooting at him from behind it.

Birdshot hit his arm and just above his bullet-proof vest, and grazed his neck and arms.

Two other officers joined him.

News media reported that a man died at the scene and a woman died at a hospital.

They were identified as Missourie residents: 41-year-old Robert Berube of Windsor and 24-year-old Jamie Dougan of Raytown.

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