CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - A domestic situation that turned into a kidnapping led to a chase in Madison County Thursday morning and ended with two deputies being shot. One remains in critical condition. Officers received the call around 7:15 a.m.
The suspect, Edgar James Egbert of Canton, had a hearing Friday afternoon. He was ordered to be held at the Rankin County jail with no bond. Egbert has a preliminary hearing set in Madison County for September 24.
Madison Co. Sheriff Randy Tucker released a statement Friday saying,
"On behalf of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, thank you very much for your prayers, thoughts, emails and offers to help in any way possible. We are so very proud to work in Madison County where we are supported neighborhood by neighborhood. Your support means a great deal to law enforcement and we are a grateful family.
As you know, yesterday was a tough day for the County, law enforcement, families and friends due to two of our deputies being shot. One deputy is still in critical condition following surgery late yesterday and the other deputy was treated and released yesterday.
Once again, thank you for your prayers--that is really what we can all do right now"
The Jackson Police Department also released a statement on Twitter, offering thoughts to their “extended family.”
Egbert is facing multiple charges including six counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officers, one count of kidnapping and one count of felony fleeing.
Authorities say the caller said a man had been abducted and tied up inside a home in the 100 block of Lelias Drive. When officers arrived, the suspect left the scene and led them on a chase travelling westbound on Highway 16. Due to public safety concerns, stop sticks were put down to end the chase.
After the suspect wrecked his vehicle in a ditch on Avondale Road and Highway 16, he began shooting at officers. He was shot when officers returned fire before being able to take him into custody.
According to Canton Mayor William Truly, a Madison County deputy was shot in the head and transported for treatment. He had surgery and remains in critical condition, as of Friday. A second deputy was shot and has been treated and released.
Governor Phil Bryant tweeted about the situation shortly after it happened Thursday, sending his prayers to the officers who were injured.
There was a heavy police presence on scene throughout the morning, including the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Canton Public School District released a statement on their Facebook page saying that as a safety precaution, three schools were placed on lock-down while police were searching for the suspect. The lock-down was lifted after the suspect was captured.