- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested the man wanted in the shooting injury of one of their fellow deputies.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley says the suspect, John Wesley McMullen, 35, was already wanted by authorities in Lake Wales, Florida, on counts of attempted first-degree murder as well as robbery, arson and other charges.

McMullen was found Tuesday night, hiding in a sugarcane field near Donaldsonville. Wiley says deputies had been searching for McMullen since the deputy was shot in the hand.

Wiley says the incident began Tuesday afternoon when the deputy stopped a vehicle from a description given by Donaldsonville Wal-Mart employees in a shoplifting complaint.

When the deputy stopped the vehicle, someone from the passenger side “came out shooting,” Wiley said.

The deputy “made his way into the home of a good Samaritan” who called 911 as the shooter and other occupants of the vehicle fled, Wiley said.

The male driver was stopped and arrested by responding deputies on Vatican Street near Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville. A woman and another man who had left the vehicle were arrested nearby, Wiley said.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1GuvLcb ) McMullen now faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, shoplifting, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.

The injured deputy is in stable condition and was treated at a hospital, Wiley said.

It was unclear whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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