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Sheriff: Suspect revved engine and drove into deputy

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Updated: 1/21 9:22 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies were responding to a call about shots fired and looking for a specific vehicle.

One vehicle they attempted to stop and question, drove off. Later another vehicle was stopped behind the St. Augustine Police Department for questioning when the original suspected vehicle returned. That's when Sgt. Catherine Payne says things turned violent.

"At that point in time the suspect vehicle revved his engine and began to drive straight toward two patrol cars that were parked there. He struck two patrol cars and one of the deputies who was standing in the area had to retreat to his vehicle in order not to be hit," said Payne.

But the vehicle did strike the deputy. Officials said they have identified the suspect.

"We're actively seeking warrants on him and trying to get him into custody as soon as possible," said Payne.

The injured deputy is recovering, and officials aren't releasing his name because he's the victim of a crime.

"As the law enforcement community we take it very seriously obviously when a deputy sheriff or any law enforcement officer comes into this situation. We definitely want to make sure that the evidence is there to support the criminal element to what occured," said Payne.

Charges being considered by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office range from aggravated assault to aggravated battery to attempted murder.

The decision on charges will be made after detectives finish the investigation. The Sheriff's Office says this case could take weeks to close.
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nativejax - 1/22/2014 11:05 AM
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"They have identified the suspect"...Well give us a name and a pic, let us help get this slimeball off the streets..he does not deserve his freedom, he will only end up killing someone, no doubt.

imtellin - 1/22/2014 5:42 AM
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uhm, how bout all of them charges,, and here's a few more.. deadly assault on 2 law enforcement officers,, damaging county property, reckless disregard for human life,, hit n run, leaving the scene..just on question ??? AFTER HE STRUCK THE VEHILES, WH DIDN'T THEY SHOOT THE VEHICLE? IT IS BHIND COSA POLICE BLDG.,& NOHING ELSE IS BACK THERE...
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