The identities of the 3 suspects involved in a drug deal-turned police chase at the Ridgeland Lowe's were revealed on Friday.
Paul Brock Maddox, 28, was the driver. We are told that he sustained a superficial ‘graze' wound to his chest area.
John Earl Hargrave, Jr, 22, was a passenger and officials say he sustained a non-life threatening gunshot injury to his lower left side abdomen area.
We are told that both were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and released a short time later.
The third suspect who was identified as Jeremy Lee Davis, 19, was uninjured and transported to the Ridgeland Police Department.
Ridgeland police say it all stemmed from a narcotics deal in the Ridgeland Lowe's parking lot that didn't exactly go as planned.
And the traffic on County Line Road played a role in getting those guys behind bars.
It started as an undercover operation that quickly escalated to a potentially deadly situation for several members of Madison County law enforcement.
"It was a narcotics transaction that was taking place in the city of Ridgeland this afternoon," said Ridgeland Police Lt. John Neal. "When the officers made that transaction, one of the suspects that was driving the vehicle decided to flee from law enforcement as they were attempting to take him into custody."
The suspect then hit some parked cars and almost struck several officers in the process. Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston says a deputy fired in response and struck one suspect in the buttocks.
But the suspects kept driving, getting onto County Line Road and realizing quickly that they couldn't get away fast enough.
"Traffic had them blocked in, so they decided to jump out of the vehicle and flee," said Lt. Neal. "Within two or three hundred feet, they were all taken into custody by law enforcement."
"You don't ever know how these things are gonna play out," said Neal. "These suspects decided to turn this into the situation that it was. Law enforcement responded appropriately. Thank goodness there were no citizens injured, just the suspects themselves."
All three suspects are facing aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer through the City of Ridgeland and will have narcotics charges pending through Madison County Sheriffs' Department.
We are told at this time, all suspects are being held on no bond at the Madison County Detention Center.
This is an ongoing investigation with additional evidence to process and interviews to be conducted.
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