A Carter County deputy shot a local man Sunday night after the man used the stolen car he was driving to hit the deputy.
Undersheriff Milton Anthony said Monday afternoon 24-year-old Alfred L. Epps Jr. was treated for a gunshot wound to the buttocks at the local emergency room, before being booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending multiple charges. Anthony said Deputy Josh Robinson was "off work" while the Carter County Sheriff's Department and OSBI concluded an investigation into the shooting, which occurred in the Springer area.
According to reports, a relative of Epps reported his car stolen Friday night.
"At the time of the report, he named Mr. Epps as a possible suspect," Anthony said. "Sunday night, deputies received information Epps was in the vehicle in an area north of Springer. Epps had contacted the victim and told him he would give the vehicle back for $2,000 cash. The victim had been instructed to bring the cash to him," Anthony said.
Deputies responded to the area, locating Epps and the vehicle in a pasture.
"They noticed vehicle lights in the pasture. Josh drove up a road next to the pasture and got out. Epps took off, swinging in a circle before driving at Josh. The vehicle door hit Josh, at which time he discharged one round," Anthony said.
The undersheriff said the deputy was not seriously injured as the result of the attack.
"He's OK, just bumped and bruised up," Anthony said.
Reports concerning the case are expected to be sent to the district attorney's office today.
Epps is currently detained pending charges of assault and battery on an officer with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (illegal prescription drugs).
Along with the pending charges, Epps also faces a first-degree burglary charge filed against him in June. His criminal history indicates 2011 convictions to charges of possession of stolen property and attempting to obtain cash by false pretenses.