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Deputy, suspect injured in drug bust shooting

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Posted: Feb 20, 2014 1:23 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 20, 2014 1:28 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - A narcotics task force member shot and injured a suspect during a drug bust in Baton Rouge Wednesday night, according to arrest records.

Investigators charged Larry Tyrrell Hardesty, 38, of Baton Rouge with attempted murder, distributing crack cocaine and resisting arrest.

Jail records said members of the Delta Drug Task Force had an informant buy crack from Hardesty, who showed up to the deal with another person. Investigators said when they tried to stop Hardesty his passenger fled on foot, while Hardesty accelerated his vehicle and hit a West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's deputy on the task force.

The arrest affidavit said the deputy fired at the vehicle, hitting Hardesty, who wrecked into a ditch. Investigators said Hardesty was taken into custody without incident.

The deputy had minor injuries. Hardesty was taken to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound, and will be booked into the jail after his release.

The other suspect remains on the loose.

The Delta Narcotics Task Force is made up of officers from Baker Police, Zachary Police, Baton Rouge City Constables, as well as sheriff's offices in East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, and Point Coupee parishes.

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