Crime

Authorities: Man’s truck nearly pinned deputy before shots fired

Michael Salter sits in a wheelchair in court on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Salter had bond set at $37,000 on four felonies and two misdemeanors in Jackson County.
Michael Salter sits in a wheelchair in court on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Salter had bond set at $37,000 on four felonies and two misdemeanors in Jackson County. mbbaker@sunherald.com

A judge set bond Wednesday at a total of $37,000 for a Vancleave man accused in an attack on an officer. Authorities said he rammed two patrol cars, led police on a chase and resisted arrest early Monday morning.

Michael Salter, 47, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, malicious mischief, evading and resisting arrest.

Salter arrived in County Court for a bond hearing in a wheelchair with wounds to his face. He has no prior arrests.

His mother said she planned to bail him out of jail Wednesday afternoon.

According to affidavits, Salter rammed a patrol car with a deputy in it and nearly pinned a deputy between two patrol cars.

The felony malicious mischief charge is related to the damage to the two patrol cars.

Deputies were responding to a report of suspicious man in a silver truck driving back and forth in the parking lot of the Circle K on Tucker Road in the St. Martin community.

When deputies tried to approach Salter he drove off, but slammed into the patrol cars in his path on the way out of the parking lot, Deputy Chief John Ledbetter said.

Deputies fired two shots at Salter’s truck to get him to stop, Ledbetter said.

Officials said Salter was injured when he resisted deputies. He was treated at Ocean Springs Hospital.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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