Polk Co. man who shot Louisiana deputy apprehended in field
(The Advocate) DONALDSONVILLE, La. – After a five-hour search, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday night arrested the man wanted in the shooting injury of one of their fellow deputies.
The suspect, John Wesley McMullen, 35, was already wanted in Florida on counts of attempted first-degree murder as well as robbery, arson and other charges, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.
After a search involving police dogs and helicopters, McMullen was found shirtless shortly before 7:30 pm., hiding in a stretch of sugarcane fields near the Assumption Parish line, Wiley said. Deputies had been searching for McMullen since 2:30 pm., when a deputy was shot in the hand.
The incident began when the deputy, whose identity has not been released, stopped a vehicle from a description given by Donaldsonville Wal-Mart employees in a shoplifting complaint.
When the deputy stopped the vehicle, someone from the passenger side “came out shooting,” Wiley said.
The deputy “made his way into the home of a good Samaritan” who called 911 as the shooter and other occupants of the vehicle fled, Wiley said.
The male driver was stopped and arrested by responding deputies on Vatican Street near Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville. A woman and another man who had left the vehicle were arrested nearby, Wiley said.
McMullen, who was nabbed about 7:30 pm., was already wanted by police in Lake Wales, Florida, on attempted first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping, inflicting bodily injury and arson, Wiley added.
McMullen now will face counts in Ascension Parish of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, flight from an officer, shoplifting, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.
The injured deputy is in stable condition and was treated at a hospital, Wiley said.