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Ohio County Man Charged With Attempted Murder of a Police Officer

Tuesday, Sgt. Chris Matthews from the Ohio County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a call regarding assault and theft of a pickup truck on Kronos Loop Rd. in Ohio County.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 1:17 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2021 8:35 AM

Tuesday, Sgt. Chris Matthews from the Ohio County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a call regarding assault and theft of a pickup truck on Kronos Loop Rd. in Ohio County.

"We were advised that the victim had been severely assaulted by, I believe his son and his son had taken the pick-up truck and took off and was driving around Kronos," said Matthews.

Upon arrival, Deputies tried to get the suspect, 24-year-old Jeremy Bates, to exit the vehicle but Bates refused.

"He continued to attempt to flee, the officers or deputies went ahead and pursued him," said Matthews.

After several attempts to get Bates out of the vehicle, he then began ramming the pickup truck into two patrol cars, causing damage.

"The way he was acting and ramming the vehicles it was an intentional act," said Matthews.

After five attempts to get bates to give up, Deputies were finally able to put him under arrest.

"Unfortunately when he struck the second Sheriff Department's vehicle it then disabled his truck because of the damage and he wasn't able to continue on," said Matthews.

This interaction with Bates isn't the first for the Department. Matthews said they have handled several calls of disturbance from neighbors by him prior to this event.

Last weekend deputies responded to a call regarding several rounds of shots fired at the home and although no one was injured in that situation, neighbors grew concerned.

"Unfortunately we're not surprised with this episode escalating as it did because it's been a stairstep escalation with this gentleman for a while," said Matthews.

Deputies say Bates injured two people during this pursuit.

After his arrest, he was charged with the attempted murder of a police officer along with other charges.

He is expected in court on July 29.

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