A Carriere man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly trying to kill a Hancock County Sheriff's canine officer.
Jeremy Wayne Mitchell, 30, of Carriere, faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault on a policeman, eluding a law officer, careless driving; tag - -no or expired; driving with suspended license; failure to yield right-of-way; failure to yield to blue lights; disorderly conduct -- failure to comply with command of law enforcement; tampering with physical evidence; and felony possession of controlled substance.
"On June 18, at approximately 2 p.m., a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop with a vehicle on Highway 603 near Interstate 10," Hancock Chief Deputy Jeremy Skinner said in a press release Wednesday. "Once the deputy initiated his emergency lights, the vehicle refused to stop. A short vehicle pursuit ensued, traveling from Highway 603 onto Interstate 10 just west of Exit 13. Once on Interstate 10, the suspect vehicle, occupied by four people, made an abrupt stop in the emergency lane of Interstate 10 and the driver (Mitchell) fled on foot."
The deputy "secured the three people remaining in the vehicle and awaited the arrival of additional units before pursuing the fleeing suspect on foot," Skinner said. "A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a felony amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia."
A canine unit arrived on scene to assist, Skinner said, "and began to track the suspect into the wooded, swampy area just north of Interstate 10. The canine led deputies through the wet terrain, eventually bringing deputies within sight of the suspect. After commands to surrender, and warnings that the canine would be released, the suspect fled further into the wooded swamp area. When the canine officer released his canine partner to apprehend the suspect, he lost sight of both the suspect and his canine, due to terrain and low visibility conditions. The canine officer began calling out commands for the dog to return, but the dog never returned."
Several deputies then went into the woods to find the dog and the suspect, Skinner said, then spotted Mitchell emerge and dart across Hwy. 603, then into the woods on the other side.
"The canine was not seen following the suspect," Skinner said.
Deputies set up a perimeter on the east side of Hwy. 603 and the surrounding woods and continued searching for both Mitchell and the dog, Skinner said.
"At approximately 4:30 p.m., deputies -- with the assistance of a private citizen who was assisting with access to hunting club roads -- located Canine Loco," Skinner said. "Unfortunately, Canine Loco was found with what appeared to be a stab wound to his abdomen. This injury explained why Canine Loco would not return to his deputy partner when called. Deputy Loco was rushed to a local veterinarian, where he immediately underwent surgery. At the time of this release, Canine Loco survived surgery and is expected to make a full recovery."
Deputies captured Mitchell at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday as he attempted to run across I-10, Skinner said.
The three passengers in his car were also arrested Tuesday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, Skinner said, including Brittany Dawn Adams, 29, of Carriere; Joseph Ingram, Jr., 40, of Gulfport; and Gina Amily Mitchell, 31, of Carriere.
Jeremy Mitchell was still being held at the Hancock County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $35,000 in bonds. The Pearl River County Sheriff's Office has also placed a hold on him on separate charges.
Gina Mitchell was still being held on a $15,000 bond on Wednesday.
Ingram was released early Wednesday on $15,500 in bonds. Adams was released on a $15,000 bond.
Jeremy Mitchell faces an initial court date on July 18.