Three deputies injured while trying to take suspect into custody

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2019

ALFORD, Fla. (WCTV) – Three Jackson County deputies were taken to the hospital with various injuries following a scuffle with a resisting suspect.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded on Wednesday to a home in the 2600 block of Vancouver Drive in Alford for a report of a suspicious person. When the deputy arrived, the suspect allegedly slipped out of the home and climbed onto the roof.

Additional deputies arrived on scene and tried to talk the suspect down, but he reportedly pulled out a knife and refused to get off the roof. JCSO says deputies tazed the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old William Ray Howard IV, but he was able to escape the officers and fell off of the roof.

According to arrest documents, Howard swung the knife he was holding at a deputy on the ground, cutting him on the face. The sheriff's office says the suspect continued to violently resist the officers, biting another on the arm.

A third deputy suffered a dislocated thumb before Howard was finally subdued and handcuffed.

The deputies were taken to a local hospital for treatment and later released. Howard was also taken to the hospital before being transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility.

Howard has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting a law enforcement officer with violence. He's also facing an arrest warrant out of Bay County for a violation of probation and resisting an officer.

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