Man arrested after shooting a deputy's car | Crime
A Swifton man is being held on $250,000 bond, accused of shooting at Jackson County deputy. Sheriff David Lucas says the man is lucky to be alive.
The incident happened around 11:30 Tuesday night on County Road 632.
According to Sheriff David Lucas, Deputy Justin Staggs had just completed a check of the area when Jerry Dale Smith, 36, stepped in front of his cruiser with a rifle in his hand.
Staggs radioed for assistance then began backing up his patrol car to get some distance between himself and Smith.
While the deputy was backing up Lucas said Smith fired a shot at the car, hitting the windshield.
When the deputy turned on his blue lights, Smith raised his hands and began walking toward the cruiser.
The deputy arrested Smith and recovered the weapon. It was a BB rifle.
Smith told investigators because of recent thefts in the area, he had been keeping watch on a friend’s farm shop and equipment.
On Wednesday Smith appeared before Newport District Judge Barbara A. Griffin on charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and public intoxication. She set his bond at $250,000 and ordered him to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on August 7.
Sheriff Lucas said this was the second incident where deputies were mistakenly shot at while on patrol.
“In both instances, had my officers not been very observant of the situation, the subjects could have very well been killed,” Lucas said. “And for what?”
He urges citizens not to take matters into their own hands. Instead, he said they should call his office or 911.
“In these two instances we were lucky that someone was not killed or seriously injured,” Lucas said. “We may not be so lucky next time.”
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