Deputies fire two shots to arrest driver in low-speed pursuit

Michael Salter
Michael Salter

A Jackson County man arrested early Monday morning rammed two police cars, prompting deputies to fire two shots at the vehicle before they were able to take the suspect into custody after a pursuit, a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department release said.

The driver, Michael Salter, 47, was arrested on charges of felony fleeing, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person at a Circle K on Tucker Road in the St. Martin community early Monday morning. They first attempted to talk to Salter before he drove off in a silver Ford pickup, the release said.

One patrol car was blocking Salter’s pickup truck from behind, Deputy Chief John Ledbetter said, and another was blocking his path out of the store’s parking lot.

“He drove back and forth striking the two patrol cars,” Ledbetter said Monday.

A deputy fired two shots at Salter’s vehicle to get him to stop.

“The shot wasn’t intended to hit him (Salter),” Ledbetter said.

Salter was taken into custody a short time later, but resisted deputies trying to arrest him. Salter suffered injuries during the struggle, and he was first taken to Ocean Springs Hospital for treatment of minor injuries before he was transferred to the Jackson County jail.

Salter is held without bond, though an initial court appearance is pending.

The deputy who fired the shots was not placed on administrative leave, Ledbetter said, and the incident remains under investigation.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45