Bryan County fugitive arrested after alleged brawl with Johnston County deputy
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a suspect wanted for severely injuring an individual in Bryan County after the suspect allegedly ran from and attempted to fight a deputy.
Johnston County Undersheriff Gary Dodd said the sheriff’s office received a call at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday from the Bryan County Communications Center concerning a truck traveling north of Tishomingo on Highway 377.
The vehicle was being driven by an individual, later identified as 38-year-old Martin Luck of the Durant area, and deputies were advised that Luck had allegedly just been involved in a domestic violence situation in Bryan County.
“He was engaging in a domestic violence situation in Bryan County where he literally ran another man over with his vehicle, and based upon what we know right now that subject is still in the hospital, possibly with life threatening injuries,” Dodd said.
Johnston County Sheriff’s Deputy Ty Richeson located the truck north of Tishomingo and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 377, north of Log Cabin and Blue River Road.
After confirming that the driver was the same suspect Bryan County deputies were searching for, Deputy Richeson attempted to arrest Luck. However, Luck allegedly began resisting the deputy and attempted to run.
Deputy Richeson then tackled Luck and engaged in a fight, eventually ending in Luck’s arrest.
“He responded adequately and took care of the threat, he gave the subject a dose of his own medicine and seems to me like he didn’t get the memo that you’re not going to come to Johnston County and fight our deputies and get away with it,” Dodd said.
Luck was transported to the Johnston County jail for the felony charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office will also be placing a hold on the suspect for his felony charges out of Bryan County.
According to Bryan County court documents, Luck also has previous Bryan County charges for first degree rape.
“He has some very serious charges in Bryan County,” Dodd said. “This is an individual that definitely poses a threat to society as a whole and we’re just glad our deputy wasn’t hurt.”
Deputy Richeson received treatment for minor injuries and blood exposure at the Mercy ER in Tishomingo and is currently in good health. Dodd said several citizens also stopped to check and make sure Richeson was okay.
“We’re grateful to the citizens that stopped and checked on our deputy and it’s just another warning to individuals that want to come to Johnston County and try to hurt our deputies or fight them that we’re not going to put up with that and we’re going to defend ourselves and do what needs to be done to bring people in,” Dodd said.