UPDATE: Suspect from deputy-involved hit and run now in custody
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - UPDATE: The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kaylon Smith. The sheriff's office says Smith was taken into custody after a search involving several local law enforcement agencies.
According to an affidavit Smith made "an assault upon a police officer, with a deadly instrument". The affidavit says a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, a white 2012 Hyundai Equus. During that traffic stop the K9 dog alerted to the odor of narcotics at the driver's side door.
At that time, deputy Inman attempted to removed Smith from the vehicle when Smith started to drive off rapidly. Inman caught on the driver side open door. When the vehicle traveled through the parking lot where it attempted to go in between two poles, with Inman attached to the side of vehicle. Deputy Inman's body struck the poles was dislodged from the vehicle.
Smith then fled the scene and was later taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault upon a police officer.
FOX 54 reached out to Richmond County commissioners about the incident.
"At this time, our major concerns are the state of the officer and for his family. I find our country has fallen in a great state of despair. We have people getting shot and killed in our major and smaller cities. It's time for us, as a country, to pause and reflect on where it is we need to be going," said Commissioner John Clarke.
"Any time there are serious injuries with an officer or any city employee, I am very concerned. I do care about the officer who was injured and I pray he recovers. I'm waiting for the sheriff's office to release more details to see what exactly happened," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
We now have more information about the hit-and-run that left a Richmond County deputy hospitalized.
The sheriff's office tells FOX 54 that the situation began with a traffic stop near the intersection of Wrightsboro Rd. and Augusta West Pkwy. The sheriff's office says the suspect tried to flee in his car, dragging Deputy Keith Inman through the nearby parking lot and out onto the road. The suspect then reportedly sped away from the scene and crashed his car on Barton Chapel Rd., fleeing the crash on foot.
The sheriff's office is searching for 29-year-old Kaylon Smith. They say he may be wearing a black shirt, black pants, and carrying a black backpack. The search for him is still ongoing.
The sheriff's office says Deputy Inman is in serious condition with head and body trauma. They tell us he's a four-year-veteran and works with the Crime Suppression Team.
If you see Smith or have any information about this crime, contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says they are looking for 29-year-old Kaylon Smith in reference the incident where an officer was struck by a vehicle at Augusta West Pkwy. and Wrightsboro Rd.
According to the RCSO, Smith is considered armed and dangerous. They say he's known to frequent the area of Audubon Place and the Da Wash Detail Shop on the 2400 block of Windsor Spring Rd.
The RCSO says Smith could be wearing a black shirt, black pants, and carrying a black bookbag.
If you have any information on where he could be, contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706)-821-1020 or (706)-821-1080.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is currently at Augusta West Pkwy. and Wrightsboro Rd. where an officer was struck by a vehicle, according to RCSO.
No other information is available at this time. FOX 54 has crews at the scene and will keep you updated with any new details.
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