Arlington Police Department made an arrest on the man who is believed to have shot a Clay County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop, prompting a statewide Blue Alert.
The man, Joshua Lee Green, was arrested Wednesday morning, following a foot chase between him and Arlington Police on Interstate 20.
According to Clay County Sheriff Jeffrey Lyde, the initial incident occurred Monday night when Deputy Sheriff Brendan Chitwood pulled over the driver of a Cadillac STS that "was displaying a license plate for a vehicle that was not the Cadillac." As he approached the vehicle, someone inside began shooting.
Chitwood was struck once in his bulletproof vest and began to return fire. He tried to pursue the suspect but had to pull over because the bullet shattered his microphone sending shrapnel into his face. Law enforcement from the surrounding area tried to set up a perimeter to catch the suspect, but he evaded them and a statewide wide Blue Alert was issued.
Arlington Police deployed a multi-agency team, including members of their fugitive unit, to apprehend Green. He was tracked to a local hotel. Officers took him into custody after short chase across the freeway.
Green is currently in custody, being charged with Aggravated Assault of a peace officer. Chitwood was transported to Clay County hospital, where he is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
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