Deputy shoots man who tried to run him over, sheriff’s dept. says

Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 3:28 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 5:11 PM CDT
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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (WMC) - Another person was shot by a deputy in DeSoto County on Thursday.

DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department says one person was taken to the hospital after being shot by a deputy.

The shooting happened at Bethel Road and Hwy 78 around 2:45 p.m.

Deputies say they were conducting a sting operation searching for sex offenders when the suspect escaped from deputies.

Chief Deputy Justin Smith says the person tried to run over a deputy and was shot. They described the suspect as a “human trafficker.”

“This was a violent offender who tried to kill one of our deputies today,” Smith said.

The person who was shot is in non-critical condition and will be charged with attempted murder.

The shooting comes on the heels of another deputy-involved shooting in DeSoto County.

In Horn Lake, a deputy shot a person during a traffic stop on Goodman Road around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Both deputies who fired shots will be placed on paid leave while Mississippi Bureau of Investigation conducts an investigation into the shootings.

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