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Police: Suspect charged with attempted murder, held without bond after dragging officer with car in Laurens Co.

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Gary Lee Jacks. (Source: LCSO) Gary Lee Jacks. (Source: LCSO)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The assistant chief of the Laurens Police Department said officers were out searching near an Upstate apartment complex early Saturday morning for a suspect who dragged an officer with his car.

The assistant chief confirmed an officer was trying to get the suspect out of his vehicle when the suspect took off, dragging the officer. The incident occurred around midnight at the Spring Street Apartment Complex.

Shortly after the suspect took off in the vehicle, other officers on scene discharged their weapons toward the vehicle to stop the threat, per the police department.

Officers say it started when a suspicious vehicle pulled into the housing complex. Officers walked up and waved for the car to stop and asked for the person's identification and they say the man started acting suspiciously as he handed officers his ID.

The man was then asked to exit the vehicle. As officers attempted to remove the man from the car he put the car in drive and proceeded to take off, dragging one of the officers who became entangled, per the police department major. The officer was dragged approximately 40 yards, according to police.

The suspect was captured after a two mile chase, ending on Narnie Road. He then jumped out of the vehicle and a foot chase began. He was eventually was captured in Clinton with the help of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton Department of Public Safety. SLED agents, tracking dogs and a helicopter also assisted in the search.

The assistant chief said the officer suffered lacerations and severe abrasions in the incident. He was taken to the hospital but has since been released.

Officers also learned that a bystander had been shot in the process. They were taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Gary Lee Jacks of Clinton. Per the arrest warrant, Jacks was charged with the following: two counts of assault/attempted murder, failure to stop for blue lights and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

The incident is under investigation by SLED. They say there is dash cam video of the vehicle pursuit.

Later Saturday afternoon, Jacks appeared before a judge and was denied bond for an assault/attempted murder charge. He received $50,000 bond for another assault/attempted murder charge, $25,000 for failure to stop and $10,000 bond on a charge of unlawful carrying of a pistol.

At last check, Jacks was being held at the Laurens County Detention Center.

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