First on WSFA 12 News: Elmore County deputy dragged, suspect arrested

ELMORE CO. AL, (WSFA) - The Elmore County Sheriff's Department says it has arrested a man involved in the weekend dragging of one of its officers.

Sheriff Bill Franklin tells WSFA 12 News the deputy had just pulled over a vehicle on Dozier Road Sunday.

While the officer was at the passenger side of the vehicle one of the occupants attempted to get out.

Though officers didn't know it at the time, the suspect, identified as Durell Antuan Taunton, was already wanted on several other warrants.

Franklin said when the officer told Taunton to stay in the car the man reached for the steering wheel and gas pedal and took over the car. The officer's hand became caught in the door and he was dragged over 120 feet.

The deputy, who was not identified, pulled his gun and fired at least three rounds into the car before the suspect jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

Officers began a foot pursuit against Taunton, who was believed to have been shot in the leg.

They even tried calling him on a cell phone that other passengers in the car said he was carrying, but Sheriff Franklin said the man gave a fake name and refused to turn himself in.

On Monday the search for Tauton ended when officers were tipped off that someone suffering from a gunshot wound was at a local medical facility.

Authorities arrested the man and took him to Baptist South Hospital for treatment.

He's now being held on felony assault and obstruction of justice charges.

He's being held on a $30,000 bond.

WSFA 12 News will have more information at 5:00 and 6:00 tonight.