UPDATE 2/18/13 @ 6:25 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Jerry Laverack has lived in Gallia County for the better part of 15 years. But the past few years, things have gotten a little scary.
“When I see a car going up and down this road and I haven't seen around here and he's driving kinda slow, I think, ‘What's he doing around here?’” Laverack said. “What's he looking for?”
Early Monday morning, it wasn't a car going slowly that was the problem. It was actually a high-speed chase, right by Jerry's house. It ended just a mile away with a shot fired by a Gallia County Sheriff's deputy.
“I can't say that I'm surprised,” Laverack said. “But I'm glad that he did what he did to get the job done.”
Ranon Brock was wanted on probation violation charges when a deputy found him parked along Scenic Drive near Vinton. When the deputy pulled up behind him, Brock took off. The chase ended with Brock's car in a ditch, then a fight with the deputy. Eventually the deputy was forced to fire, hitting Brock in the shoulder.
“There are times when law enforcement is a dangerous business,” Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said. “And we certainly want to try and keep everyone safe -- the public and our personnel as well. So we're going to look at it from every angle, examine what happened there.”
For Laverack, it's a little too much crime, too close to home. Just last year, the body of a brutally murdered neighbor -- Betsy Ball -- was found a few miles away.
“They found her body four or five miles away from the house,” Laverack said. “What's next?”
But he says he's happy with the deputy's actions.
“If you gotta shoot a criminal, by golly, don't go up and pat him on the wrist and say you can't do this,” Laverack said.
That suspect, Ranon Brock, was wanted on a felony probation violation. His original charge was possession and trafficking.
Brock is from Dayton, Ohio, but the vehicle he was driving was registered to someone locally.
So far, the sheriff's department has not released the identity of the deputy involved.
The deputy will be taking some time off to make sure he's ready to return to duty.
Sheriff Joe Browning says the incident began about 1 a.m. when a suspicious car was seen on Scenic Drive in Springfield Township.
Browning says the deputy tried to check on the vehicle, and that's when the driver, Ranon Brock, 36, of Dayton, Ohio, took off.
The Sheriff says Brock turned onto Mt. Olive Road where he lost control and drove into a ditch. The deputy then used his cruiser to pin Brock's vehicle in the ditch.
Browning says the deputy and Brock got into an altercation and the deputy shot Brock in the arm.
Brock was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the wound. He was then taken to the Gallia County Jail.
Brock is currently charged with felony probation violation for a prior possession and trafficking charge. Charges related to the chase and shooting are pending.
Investigators say the car that Brock was driving was not his own. It was registered to a person in Bidwell.
At this time, Browning is not releasing the name of the deputy.
The Sheriff's Office and Ohio BCI are investigating.
Sheriff Joe Browning says the incident began when the deputy says he spotted a suspicious vehicle on Scenic Drive in Springfield Township just before 1 a.m. Monday.
Sheriff Browning says as the deputy tried to stop and check on the vehicle -- but the driver took off.
Browning says the driver turned onto Mt. Olive Road with the deputy in pursuit with his emergency lights on. The driver then lost control and went into a ditch.
At that point, the deputy used his car to pin the vehicle in the ditch.
Browning says after the deputy exited his car, an altercation took place between the deputy and the driver and the deputy then shot the driver, striking him in the arm.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the wound. He was then arrested on an outstanding warrant. The man’s name has not been released at this time.
The Sheriff says further charges are pending.
The Ohio BCI has been called in to investigate.
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