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UPDATE: Resident reacts to hostage situation following police chase after Iuka man

Kidnapping charges have been added to the long list of offenses a man faces following last week's chase that led to a deputy-involved shooting in Tishomingo County.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2018 8:09 PM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 8:13 PM

UPDATE: February 5, 2018, 8:12 p.m.

Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department has charged Samuel Rice with two counts of kidnapping.

Sheriff John Daugherty says Rice held two people hostage Friday.

The two were initially thought to be helping Rice, but they told the sheriff that Rice had a gun and would not allow them to leave.

TISHOMINGO COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - An Iuka man was charged following a pursuit and shooting in Tishomingo County. 

The incident happened either late Thursday, February 1 or early Friday, February 2. The case is under the investigation of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI). 

At that time, Alcorn County law enforcement were chasing a Jeep Wrangler, driven by Samuel Jacob Rice, 32. 

The chase crossed into Tishomingo County around the County Road 302 area.  

In the area, Rice is accused of hitting a game warden's vehicle with his Jeep. He's also accused of attempting to hit a Farmington police officer as well. 

As the Jeep attempted to drive away, law enforcement fired several shots at the vehicle as it approached County Road 302. 

Tishomingo County Sheriff John Daugherty says Rice's vehicle came to a stop when commanded by Tishomingo County deputies. 

A Tishomingo County deputy approached the Jeep and instructed Rice to raise his hands. When the deputy tried to open the driver's side door, Daugherty says Rice sped away, resulting in the Jeep striking the Tishomingo County deputy. 

“They were in the process of pulling the Alcorn deputy out and everything," said Sheriff Daughtery. "He tried to run the deputy over and hit the gaming and fishing vehicle.”

The sheriff says law enforcement opened fire on the Jeep again. The vehicle came to a stop up the road. On Friday, Daugherty told WTVA the vehicle came to a stop because of flat tires. 

Rice was not alone in the vehicle. A woman was a passenger in the vehicle at the time. She was wounded as a result of the incident. When asked if the woman received injuries from deputy gunfire, Sheriff Daugherty says that's still under the investigation of MBI.  

Rice was able to escape the scene. 

Later Friday, Tishomingo County deputies served a search warrant at an apartment complex in Burnsville. 

“After all night of looking for him he was able to get a ride into Hilltop Apartments at Burnsville,” added the sheriff.

Three people were located and detained. Daugherty says Rice was one of the three located. 

“They were here and they were down behind this other church building and out in front of my house," said William Nuwcomb, who lives at the complex. "It was a mad house around here.” 

Daugherty says it was originally thought the two with Rice were helping him. However, the two say Rick was holding them against their will.  That led to kidnapping charges being filed.

Rice is also charged with five counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He also faces several court warrants as well.  

Daugherty says the injured Tishomingo County deputy is now back at work. The woman's condition riding with Rice in the Jeep has not been confrimed by authorities. 

Rice is booked five counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and two coutns of kidnapping among other charges. 

 

 

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