After a chase of 22 years Mississippi man was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly shot a deputy.
Lamar County MP Steve Pazas was shot in the back while chasing a car burglary suspect around 7 p.m. after he got out of his vehicle, WDAM-TV reported.
The deputy was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released, the department said in a statement posted on Facebook.
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“I was at the hospital with the officer and his family and he was released,” Lamar County Sheriff Danny Riegel told WDAM. “He was injured but it was not life threatening and he is at home with his family thank God.”
Troy Prenell Johnson, 22, was arrested a few hours later around 12:30 p.m., the report said.
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Johnson was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and is awaiting his first appearance to see if bail will be posted, according to arrest records.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.
The shooting comes two days after two Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, police officers were killed in the line of duty.
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“It’s sad,” Riegel told WDAM about the shooting. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years and it doesn’t get any easier and it seems like it’s getting more frequent so keep us in your prayers. We are here to serve you all and that is what we do. , thank you for your support.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.