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Wright County, Mo. deputy suffers injuries in pursuit, struggle with suspect

Published: Jan. 24, 2021 at 10:02 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2021 at 10:24 PM CST
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HARTVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - The Wright County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy suffered injuries during a foot pursuit and struggle to take a suspect into custody Saturday evening.

Sheriff Sonny Byerley said it started with a 911 call about a suspicious activity in a field. He said the caller told dispatchers that the two people in his field took off in a truck and wrecked it.

The sheriff’s office says, around 5 p.m. Saturday, deputies attempted to arrest two suspects with a stolen pickup and trailer that were reported stolen from Texas County.

But one of the two suspects, Daniel Severance, fled from the scene. Deputies chased Severance and say he resisted arrest. One deputy was injured in the fight.

The deputy was kicked down a hill into an embankment by a river.

“When he went down off the embankment, he struck his head and had a laceration to his head,” Byerley said.

He was evaluated by medical personnel for minor injuries and was able to return to duty.

“The deputy did not want to leave the other suspect who had a minor child,” Byerley said. “So he broke the pursuit off relatively quick.”

Sheriff Byerley said Severance ended up walking back and turning himself in to deputies.

“He was already wanted in connection to other charges,” Byerley said. “He was trying to get away from the parole absconder, the charges that he had.”

Montana Gregory was also taken into custody. A minor child was taken into protective custody.

Sheriff Byerley said the incident marks a bit of an area trend.

“For about the past six months, we’ve had a rise in just thefts in general, but cars too,” he said.

Many involved catalytic converters.

“We went through that rash across all of southern Missouri and north Arkansas where catalytic converters were being stolen,” Byerley said.

He said he recommends rural Missourians use game cameras and motion detectors to help eliminate thefts.

So far neither have been charged yet, but Byerley said charges will likely come later in the week.

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