Man arrested for assaulting Ridgeland police officer

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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) – Ridgeland police arrested a man for allegedly assaulting a police officer on Saturday, June 27.

According to investigators, an officer observed a vehicle leaving the parking lot of 2000 County Line Road with an expired tag just after 9:00 a.m. Police said the driver, 20-year-old Jaden Luckett, drove away at a high rate of speed. The officer was not able to locate the vehicle at that time.

Within a few minutes, a neighbor advised another officer in the area that the vehicle pulled down a gravel, private driveway off Old Canton Road near Lincolnshire Boulevard.

Investigators stated the officer observed the suspect’s vehicle exit the private drive just before 9:10 a.m. and drive south on Old Canton Road. As the officer tried to pull over the vehicle, it made an abrupt turn into the Shell convenience store at the intersection of Pine Knoll Drive and Old Canton Road.

Police said Luckett drove the vehicle to a fuel pump, exited the vehicle and began to walk toward the front of the store. The officer exited his vehicle and called for Luckett to walk toward him.

During an attempt to identify the driver, police said a fight ensued between the officer and Luckett. Police stated Luckett choked the officer and forced his head into a brick column adjacent to the fuel pump.

According to investigators, the officer drew his taser as the two separated, and Luckett began to run away. The officer discharged his taser in the direction of Luckett but did not make contact with him.

Additional officers arrived on scene and after a brief foot chase, there was a second taser deployment by a backup officer. Police said the deployment resulted in only one contact probe striking Luckett. He was taken into custody.

Investigators stated the officer sustained a large cut to his head due to the assault into the brick column, which required six staples from a local medical clinic. Luckett was taken to a local medical facility for evaluation due to the taser probe and released without any injuries.

Luckett is being held at the Madison County Detention Center and will make an initial court appearance on Monday, June 29, 2:00 p.m. He has been charged with expired license plate, careless driving, no proof of insurance, disorderly conduct-failure to comply, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

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