Perry Co. deputy assaulted during traffic stop, suspect in custody

Perry Co. deputy assaulted during traffic stop, suspect in custody
Corey Sumrall. Source: Perry County Sheriff's Department

PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Beaumont man is behind bars and is facing multiple charges including assault on a police officer after a Wednesday night traffic stop in Perry County.

Correy Sumrall, 44, of Beaumont, was arrested and charged with charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a controlled substance with intent (synthetic meth & prescriptions.)

According to Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles, a deputy made a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Wednesday on Progress Road in the southern end of the county.

"He approached the vehicle and talked to driver, and the passenger gave him false information when he asked," said Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles. "At that time the deputy asked the passenger to step out, as soon as he stepped out, he took off running."

Nobles added that roughly an 1/8th of a mile away the deputy caught him.

"This is when he started to resist, and the deputy called for backup," said Nobles. "The suspect bit the deputy numerous times and struck him with his fist multiple times in the face."

According to Nobles, backup arrived shortly after and the suspect (Sumrall) was taken into custody.

"Deputies seized about 15 grams of crystal meth and a handgun after the altercation was over," said Nobles.

The deputy and the suspect were taken to Forrest General Hospital and treated for injuries.

"This is something that we won't tolerate in the county, this is the dangers that our deputies face," said Nobles. "Due to funding, we don't have enough manpower to cover the county and backup is not as readily available as we often need."

Sumrall was booked into the Perry County Jail where he is awaiting his initial appearance, and the investigation is ongoing. Nobles added that the driver of the car was charged with driving with a suspended license.

"By the graces of the Lord no one was seriously hurt and the suspect was taken into custody," said Nobles.