Authorities are looking for a person accused of repeatedly hitting a deputy with an armada.
In keeping with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Workplace, the incident occurred on Kurt Ledford Street simply after 8pm on Monday.
Sheriff Alan Norman stated the incident started after Captain Jody Siegel left his house and headed to the sheriff’s workplace. Norman stated he was about 45 minutes away from house when he noticed an empty car parked on the facet of the street. He was in a non-public automotive driving nowhere within the rural space of the county, Norman stated. Seagle turns to analyze.
When Siegel was solely a foot away from the automotive, Norman stated what struck him from behind was a metal rod used to strengthen concrete.
“This was an unprovoked, brutal assault,” Norman stated at a information convention.
He was punched a number of occasions after which a combat broke out between him and the suspect. The wrestle moved them in entrance of the patrol automotive, between that automotive and the suspect’s automotive.
The suspect finally broke away from the collision and made it to the empty automotive. In keeping with Norman, Siegel, who was nonetheless on the bottom, feared the suspect would return to him, so he fired 4 to 5 pictures at that car.
Investigators confirmed that the person got here from behind the woods and the patrol automotive, so the deputy did not see him coming.
Siegel was not severely injured, investigators stated. He was nonetheless within the hospital Monday however is predicted to get better.
“By the grace of God, he’s nonetheless with us at this time,” Norman stated. “It may simply be life-threatening.”
He added that it was unclear if the suspect was injured by the gunshots.
Siegel was in an unmarked patrol car, however the sheriff stated the assailant ought to have seen his clothes and recognized Siegel was an officer. This makes the assault even worse, he stated.
“That is nonsense,” Norman stated. “Absolute nonsense.”
Channel 9’s Ken Lemon has realized the suspect continues to be in custody. He’s described as 6 ft tall, sporting a white T-shirt, black shorts and work boots. He has tattoos on each fingers and a cranium tattoo on the left facet of his neck. The automotive he was driving was an older mannequin Buick passenger automotive with bullet holes.
As of Monday night time, deputies had launched a sketch of the person believed to have dedicated the crime.
“He would not care in regards to the security and safety of any particular person. Get your self in as quickly as you possibly can,” Norman stated.
Anybody who noticed or is aware of something about this incident is requested to name the Cleveland County Communications Middle at 704-484-4822 with data.
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