Deputy fires shot after being nearly run over, suspects arrested

Deputy fires shot after being nearly run over, suspects arrested
Christopher M. Gainwell (Source: Pemiscot Co. Sheriff's Office)
Christopher M. Gainwell (Source: Pemiscot Co. Sheriff's Office)

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) - After a Pemiscot County Sheriff's deputy jumped out of the way of a vehicle, the deputy fired one shot at the vehicle as the driver sped off, according to a news release.

According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, the deputy responded to the jail Wednesday night after a man tried to "get contraband inside the jail facility before fleeing on foot from a deputy that had approached him."

As the deputy chased the suspect, a woman driving a vehicle tried to hit the deputy.

The deputy was not hurt and fired one shot to stop the threat.

Police arrested Amy Michelle Vanover, 44, of Sikeston and Christopher Marquios Gainwell, 26, of Poplar Bluff.

Police arrested Vanover and Gainwell for assault of a law enforcement officer among other charges.

Police said Vanover was the driver of the vehicle.

Both suspects will appear in court Nov. 16. Bond was set at $200,000.

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