HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police say a wanted person is in custody after striking a deputy with a vehicle on Thursday.
Police say they found Rashaun Deon Smith, 22, around 1:37 p.m. riding in a vehicle with a female driver along Carter Street. While police were following the vehicle, they say the vehicle stopped and Smith ran off. He was later caught hiding in a residential area.
Smith was hiding in the bushes of a back yard for 30 minutes. Henrico Police weren't sure exactly where Smith was hiding, until the threat of K-9 units prompted him to surrender.
"K-9 made an announcement like they always do, before they send the dog in to start searching for him. And upon his announcement, the gentleman, Mr. Smith, surrendered," said Henrico Police Lt Joe Sperry.
Smith is accused of hitting a Henrico Sheriff's deputy with his vehicle outside the Henrico Juvenile/Domestic Relations Court. According to the sheriff's office, a judge had issued a warrant for Smith's arrest. Smith would not cooperate with officers and claimed he was going to get his license out of his car. Instead, he sped off, striking a deputy.
The deputy rolled off the hood of the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. The deputy was sent to the hospital as a precaution.
Henrico Sheriff Michael Wade says deputies did not draw their guns at any point.
"[The deputy] used discretion, and he ended up getting injured. I think it's the exact opposite of what's happening in a lot of places in the country. And I hope people will recognize that," said Sheriff Wade.
A witness on the scene of the courthouse, who didn't want to be identified, has a different story, saying the deputy fell, instead of getting hit.
"The officer kind of twists this way and fell on the ground," demonstrated the man, who says he watched the incident in the parking lot. "But, [Smith] did not strike the officer with the car."
Smith is currently charged with failure to appear in court, as well as previous charges including unauthorized use of a vehicle, assault and battery of family member, probation violation and contempt of court. In connection with striking the officer with the vehicle, Smith has been charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and driving on a suspended license.
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