Traffic stop turns violent in Jones County, two charged


JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – A Jones County deputy escaped serious injuries Monday afternoon after a traffic stop turned violent. It happened on Old School House Road near the intersection of New Hope Road southwest of Ellisville.

Investigators said a vehicle was being pulled with a chain by another vehicle. Deputy Chase Smith said he recognized the driver of the vehicle being pulled as Raleigh Maxey, who had a bench warrant for burglary to a dwelling.

Raleigh Maxey

Investigators said Maxey exited the vehicle and did not cooperate with Deputy Smith, leading to him being tazed. Investigators said Maxey became physically violent while the deputy attempted to arrest him. T

he fight lasted for 10 minutes before backup units arrived. Deputy Smith was able to break physical contact and hold Maxey at gunpoint by the time units arrived at the scene.

Two other individuals were in the first vehicle that was pulling the second. They both fled the scene and were later located on Mrs. Robinson Road. They were identified as Byron Windham and Alexis Abercrombie.

Maxey was charged with aggravated assault on police/fire/school officer with weapon. Windham was charged with probation violation on a Mississippi Department of Corrections warrant.

Abercrombie was initially charged with aggravated assault on police/fire/school officer with weapon, but she was later released without charges after investigators questioned her.

“Law enforcement is an inherently dangerous occupation and that was aptly demonstrated yesterday during the attempt by Deputy Smith to take Raleigh Maxey into custody, ” notes Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin. “We are grateful that Deputy Smith did not incur any serious injuries despite an intense physical confrontation with the wanted subject Raleigh Maxey. Our deputies, investigators and corrections officers put their lives on the line each and every day that they are in service for the residents of Jones County.”

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