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
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