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Suspect accused of firing at Madison Co. deputy has lengthy criminal past

CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Public records indicate the man accused of shooting at a Madison County deputy has a lengthy criminal past, including past aggression toward law enforcement officers.

Anthony Lee White, 30, faces serious charges after Thursday's shootout in Canton, including attempted murder of a police officer.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said the incident started as a traffic stop, one where White was a passenger, at the corner of Peace and South Adams Street.

White had been traveling in a vehicle with another man, Debores Thornton, when deputies stopped them for failing to use a turn signal.

From there, White took off and deputies pursued him, along with multiple law enforcement agencies for nearly half an hour.

Three On Your Side has uncovered exclusive documents detailing White's criminal past which could explain why he bolted after deputies stopped the vehicle; a rap sheet dating all the way back to 2003, when he was just a teenager.

"He's considered to be a very violent individual, and this just goes to prove that," Tucker said.

From aggravated assault to business burglary, White's charges from Canton police and Madison County show that for the last thirteen years of his life, he's been behind bars for two.

Our investigation also found a history of past aggression toward police officers.

In the past, White's been charged with resisting arrest five times.

"We've got an extensive history with this young man," added Sheriff Tucker. "He's currently on probation through the Mississippi Department of Corrections."

Tucker did not reveal those charges in particular at this point.

A Canton police officer managed to tase White and apprehend him.

White faces attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated assault charges, as well as resisting arrest and failure to comply.

Tucker said several agencies, including Canton School District police and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, pitched in to make that arrest quickly.

"When we have an incident involving an officer or a threat to our communities, we have officers coming from every jurisdiction to help us," said Tucker. "Madison County's very proud of the law enforcement community we have. We all pull the wagon in the same direction. When you assault or shoot at one, it's like coming at all of us."

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