Suspect caught in deputy shooting
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies apprehended a man involved in the shooting of a deputy earlier Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the department said John Wesley McMullen, 35, was taken into custody around 7:30 Tuesday evening. McMullen, who was only identified for most of the afternoon by a photograph taken by a security camera at the Walmart on the west side of the river in Ascension Parish, had been on the run since around 3 p.m.
Deputies said McMullen was with another man and a woman and stole ammunition from the store. When a deputy saw a car matching the description of the one they were driving, a man in the passenger seat opened fire when the car stopped.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said three rounds were fired toward the deputy. One hit a sheriff's office cruiser and another struck the deputy in the hand. The deputy sought refuge at a nearby house, where 911 was called. The deputy, who has also not been identified, was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.
"The shoplifting case was about them shoplifting ammunition, bullets. How ironic. I don't think it was coincidental," Sheriff Wiley said.
Two accomplices, a man and woman, were detained shortly after the shooting. Investigators said they are from Florida.
"Lord knows what they've been doing between here on I-10 and wherever they're from in Florida," the sheriff said. "I would venture a guess that they've not been making church services," he added in frustrated humor.
McMullen faces attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, flight from an officer, shoplifting, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and fugitive charges from Florida. There, he's wanted for Robbery, kidnapping, inflicting bodily injury, arson, and attempted first-degree murder.
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