A routine traffic stop about 3 a.m. Sunday turned into a chase involving three law enforcement agencies after a suspect in an SUV allegedly shot at a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy, then started throwing items out the window.
The chase started on U.S. 90 at Market Street in Pascagoula, where a tan SUV with an Alabama tag ran a red light. A news release says an unidentified Jackson County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over the SUV, but the driver took off, going westbound on the highway.
“The deputy saw muzzle flashes and heard gun shots from both sides of the back passenger windows,” the news release says. “He also saw broken glass and shattered concrete hitting the front of his patrol unit.”
Then items started flying from the back windows of the SUV, allegedly including two pistols that had been fired during the chase.
The Gautier Police Department joined the chase, then Biloxi police. The law enforcement officers were able to stop the SUV in the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino parking lot just west of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge.
They found three people in the vehicle and took them to the Jackson County jail, where deputies sorted out the story. The deputies wound up arresting Terrell Lee Johnson, 21, a passenger in the backseat, on a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.
The woman who was driving the van said that Johnson had kidnapped her and her 16-year-old son, a passenger in the front seat. Johnson forced the mother and son into the SUV at gunpoint, she said, after she heard Johnson arguing at her Mobile home with her other son.
When Mobile police went to check on the second son, they found the front door open, the house in disarray and no sign of the son. He was later located and treated for unknown injuries at a Mobile hospital.
The woman also confirmed that Johnson allegedly shot two guns at the deputy from the back seat as the officer chased the SUV. The news release says the guns were located on U.S. 90 near the west river bridge in Jackson County.
Johnson is being held without bond at the Jackson County jail. He is wanted in Mobile on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and kidnapping.