UPDATE: Suspect who injured Loudon deputy identified

Update: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

(WBIR-Loudon County) Loudon County officials released the name of the suspect who injured a deputy and led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

According to Detective Brian Jenkins, with LCSO, Rufus Ragland will be charged by the end of the day.

Jenkins said Ragland also has several burglary charges in Knox County.

He was booked at the Loudon County Jail Friday after hitting a deputy's car and running over another deputy, according to officials.

Original Story:

A suspect in a stolen car hit and injured a Loudon County deputy, according to the sheriff's office.

The car was a black Tahoe rented from Enterprise. OnStar reported the vehicle as stolen to the Loudon County Sheriff's Office. OnStar was able to shut down the car, causing the suspect to exit at a Weigel's gas station off Highway 72.

The suspect then fled the stolen vehicle and got in another black Tahoe at the gas station. According to the sheriff's office, the suspect hit a deputy's car and then ran over another deputy. The deputy whose car was hit fired one shot, and a different deputy fired six shots at the suspect's vehicle.

The injured deputy is at UT Medical Center with a significant injury to the back of his head.

After hitting the deputy, THP said officers caught up to the car on Highway 72 about two miles away. Officials say the suspect was speeding and all over the road, and even tried to hit a motorcycle head on. At that point, THP says an officer crashed the suspect at Hwy. 72 and Matlock Bend Road.

The suspect is in custody. The sheriff's office said the attorney general will charge the suspect with attempted felony murder and aggravated assault.

The sheriff's office said the stolen car had marijuana, crack cocaine, and a revolver in it from a visual inspection.


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