Identity revealed of suspect who struck deputy with vehicle - - Jackson, MS

Identity revealed of suspect who struck deputy with vehicle

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Hinds County Deputy was transported Saturday night to a local hospital after being struck by a fleeing vehicle.

Hinds County spokesperson Othor Cain said the driver, 29-year-old James Pierre Williams, was shot in the arm.

Williams sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The incident happened during Operation Bunny Hop around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 724 Evergreen Avenue in Jackson, according to Cain.

Cain said deputies were acting on a tip that a drug deal was in progress at the scene.

One vehicle fled while a second struck the deputy, as the driver was attempting to get away.

The unnamed deputy fired two shots striking the fleeing suspect in the arm.

Deputies recovered a gun, cash and marijuana.

However, the girlfriend of Williams' said that's not the way it happened.

The woman said she was in the car and said Williams wasn't carrying a gun.

She said a man in an unmarked car with no lights, jumped out and told Williams to put his hands up as he was driving off.

The woman said the man did not identify himself and was not in uniform, only a bulletproof vest.

Cain described the suspect as a known drug dealer.

Cain said Williams faces charges of marijuana with intent to distribute, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and traffic violations.

Both the deputy and driver of the fleeing vehicle were transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

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