Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Shoots Armed, Rifle-Carrying Driver
A suspect has been hospitalized after moving on a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy while carrying a semi-automatic rifle.
Friday evening, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy pulled over on County Line Road to investigate a car that appeared stalled or broken down on the side of the road. As the Deputy approached the vehicle, the driver exited carrying what police describe as a semi-automatic rifle.
After verbal commands failed and the armed man refused to back down, the deputy was forced to open fire, striking the suspect.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted a tweet late Friday night detailing the incident.
UPDATE @ 645PM, started as motorist assist, suspect produced a weapon, Dep gave commands, feared for his life and deployed his weapon. pic.twitter.com/3pCdLK0eT8
— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 13, 2017
The sheriff’s office explained to reporters that the deputy feared for his life and was forced to discharge his weapon in self defense.
The suspect was transferred to an area hospital and police have not released his status or any further details on charges.
We will post more as we learn it.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released an update Saturday afternoon.