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Sheriff's Deputy Fires On Suspect After High Speed Chase

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By Tim Wetzel

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A man was hospitalized and a woman taken into custody after a Rutherford County deputy fired on the suspects in a high speed vehicle pursuit.

The chase started Friday around 9:30 a.m. on Old Nashville Road in Smyrna when a deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop the driver of the truck on burglary charges. The female driver, identified as 27-year-old Marjorie Myles, failed to pull over.

The chase proceeded onto Highway 70 and onto Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro. Officials said Myles rammed a deputy's squad car head-on, then backed up and struck another deputy's car. Myles then attempted to drive away and a Captain struck the truck head-on to stop the pursuit near the First Tennessee Bank on Memorial Boulevard. That's when Deputy Luis Parra-Flores opened fire, injuring a male passenger, identified as 36-year-old Billy Joe Ervin.

Deputy Parra-Flores was not injured.

Sheriff's deputies and police officers with the Murfreesboro Police Department swarmed the area and took Myles into custody. Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded to the area.

Ervin was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center with a leg injury. He was expected to recover from his injury.

Charges are pending against Ervin. Myles is charged with three counts of aggravated assault of Hailey, Moody and Parra-Flores, felony evading, felony reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.  She was previously arrested in 2009 for violation of probation.

It was not clear if there was a gun in the truck or if a gun was pointed at deputies when shots were fired.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were called in to process the scene and take over the investigation.

Parra-Flores was placed on routine administrative leave with pay while the investigation is completed.

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