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Tenn. deputy hospitalized after being dragged by suspect’s vehicle

The deputy was dragged around 100 yards before he was able to shoot and kill the driver



By Sarah Roebuck

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A deputy was seriously injured after a suspect attempted to drive away, dragging the deputy for almost 100 yards, WREG reports.

Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, a deputy approached a parked vehicle and attempted to stop the driver from leaving the scene. The driver managed to drive off, dragging the deputy who was pinned against the door of the vehicle.

The deputy shot the driver, who continued driving for around a half mile before stopping, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

A neighbor told WREG that the deputy was lying on the road for several minutes after the incident.

“I just saw him lying on the ground and he was in excruciating pain,” the neighbor told WREG. “He was just screaming because of the pain and yelling for the reason of being in so much discomfort.”

Neighbors in the area jumped in to save the deputy’s life, Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said. One neighbor repeatedly used the deputy’s radio to call for help.

The sheriff’s office said the driver died on the way to the hospital.

The sheriff said the deputy is in the hospital suffering from multiple severe injuries but is stable.

The incident remains under investigation.