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Officials Release Timeline of Deadly Anderson County Pursuit

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2008 - 6:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 10:14am

ANDERSON COUNTY - New information on the deadly Anderson county pursuit that left one officer in the hospital, one suspect in jail and another dead.

Since Thursday night, we've learned that both of the suspects involved have criminal records and one of those suspects charged at police with a loaded gun.

On Thursday afternoon, officials say witnesses saw the two suspects, 32-year-old Anando LaMorris Robert and 29-year-old Jason Jermaine Cumby, allegedly breaking into a home on the 92-hundred block of Farm-to-Market Road 19.

Witnesses told Police that the two Athens men were headed toward Frankston on Highway 155. Once police spotted the car a high speed chase began. The high speed chase ended on Reed Street when the suspects crashed into a tree, got out of their car and took off running. Officials say it was at this point that Robert was taken into custody while Cumby was still on the loose.

Officials tell us an officer caught up to Cubmy and they began to fight. During the scuffle Cumby took Ward's gun. Frankston Police Officer Jason Ward was found by another officer, severely beaten in a home on the 600 block of Weldon Street.

Officials say Cumby then ignored orders to put the gun down and instead, began charging at police, firing shots.

Eyewitness Sonia Warnke saw it happen. She says, "There were about 15 bullet shots. I had to scream for my kids to get in the house."

Officials say Cumby was shot dead by police and officer Ward was taken to a local hospital. Frankston Police Sgt. Jonathon Folmar tells us, he suffered severe injuries to his head and face.

Sgt. Folmar says, "We're just thankful he's okay and going good. He's ready to come back to work."

This isn't the first time the two suspects have been in trouble with the law. Cumby has had several burglary charges filed against him in the past. Robert faced many charges as well, including assault.

At this point, sheriff's officials tell us they do not know what charges Robert will face and he has not yet been arraigned.

If you would like to help the Ward family out in this time of need, the Frankston Police Department has set up this fund:

Officer Jason Ward Benefit Fund
First State Bank (locations: Palestine, Noonday and Frankston)

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That is why you don't shoot at the police. Jason wasn't a "nice" guy. He raped a young girl in 1995 and got away with it. He got what he deserved.

Why, did he have to die? I know Jason he was a fun loving guy to be around. Yes, he have had charges against him in the past but he still didn't deserve to die the way he did. Also eyewitness say Jason tried to surrender but they still shot him. Why the woman have not came forward about the burglary? Maybe, she knew them. What did they take? Still know evidence been showed.Maybe, there was another reason way they fled. All I know is there is a lot of unanswered question and a good friend of mine is dead.

If this man was such a good father he wouldn't have been out on 19 in the first place.

I know for a fact that officer Ward did everything he could to try to detain him WITHOUT RESORTING TO VIOLENCE!

It's criminals like Mr. Cumby that give GREAT officers a bad rep for having to use lethal force to stop them from hurting anyone else.

IF HE WAS IN DALLS HE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUCH OFFICER WARD!!!!

If there were more officers in Frankston there would have been sufficient backup immediately available and this could have been prevented!

FRANKSTON NEEDS TO HIRE MORE OFFICER TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS AND EACH OTHER. NOW THEY ARE ONE OFFICER DOWN AND DONT HAVE ANYONE TO TAKE OVER HIS SHIFTS!!!!

I don't think you want to be the person who is getting broken into from another "great" Mr Cumby when there is no one within 20 minutes to respond!

This man would have killed that officer if he could have.I don't care what kind of parents he has.He is his own person who made the wrong move and payed the price.Don't mess with texas!

Personally knowning Officer Ward and his family, I am praying for a speedy recovery. I give thanks to God that his made it thru his attack alive and my prayers are going out to him, his wife and children. As for the attacker,Jason Cumby, understanding that he is survived by young children. Of course prays are offered to them. It is sad that Jason Cumby could not have thought about his family before breaking the law and attempting to kill Law Enforcement officers.

JASON CUMBY BELONGED TO A WONDERFUL FAMILY AND HAS A LOVING MOTHER AND FATHER. HE WILL BE MISSED BY PLENTY FRIENDS AS WELL. JASON WAS KNOWN FOR THE FABULOUS JOB HE DID ON CUTTING HAIR AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. YES HE MAY HAVE DONE A HORRIBLE THING BY HURTING OFFIRCER WARD AND COMMITTING BURGLARY. EVERYONE HAS DONE SOMETHING WRONG AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER AND WAS UNABLE TO CHANGE THE HANDS OF TIME. JUST AS OFFICER WARD JASON WAS ALSO A FATHER. OFFICER WARD LIVED TO SEE HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN. ON THE OTHER HAND JASON'S DAUGHTERS WILL ONLY HAVE PICTURES TO SEE AND THE MEMORY OF THEIR FATHER. ONE OF WHICH WILL NEVER KNOW HER FATHER BECAUSE SHE IS ONLY AN INFANT. SO PLEASE LETS NOT FORGET THE CUMBY FAMILY HAS TO MOURN THE DEATH OF JASON AND THEY TOO NEED TO THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY. I PRAY FOR THE BEST IN THE WARD FAMILY, AS WELL AS THE STRENGHT FOR BOTH FAMILES TO PULL THROUGH THIS TEST OF TIMES.

mannnnnn u right abt tht and i was tha female right thur wit him doing hair i miss my soulmate so much dearly he was one of a kind

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