Car chase leads to suspect injuring RCSD deputy during struggle

Car chase leads to suspect injuring RCSD deputy during struggle

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Richland County deputy was injured during a struggle with a suspect who was believed to have been involved in a vehicle pursuit early Sunday morning.

Deputies say the incident began with a vehicle pursuit between a suspect and the Forest Acres Police Department. Forest Acres Police chased the suspect to Nancy Avenue before deciding to end their pursuit.

Deputy Josh Newsome with the Richland County Sheriff's Department was out patrolling when he was waved down by a man who was sweating in the 7200 block of Nancy Avenue just before 2 a.m. Newsome asked the man if he was the driver involved in the pursuit with Forest Acres Police and the man said yes before taking off towards a home.

When Newsome tried to detain the man, a struggle began.

A second deputy arrived to assist Newsome but deputies say the man then began to attack both of the deputies. They tried to use their tasers on the suspect but it did not work and the suspect tried to take one of the tasers away from the deputies.

Multiple deputies then arrived on the scene to help. Deputies say the suspect finally stopped fighting when he heard a K-9 deputy had been retrieved.

The suspect has been identified as Christopher Griffin, 28. He is facing assault charges. Deputies say after Griffin was detained, he admitted to being involved in the initial pursuit with the Forest Acres Police Department. Griffin is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Deputy Newsome received a large bruise and an abrasion to his back and right hand.

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