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Sheriff: 4 Hampton County deputies injured trying to arrest suspect

HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C., (WSAV) - UPDATE: Hampton County Sheriff's office reports suspect Jay John Ruth has been captured in Colleton County.

During a press conference on Thursday, Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said four--not two--deputies were injured in the incident to capture Ruth. One deputy was taken to MUSC and the other three were taken to a local hospital. They have all released.

Smalls said the ID of the injured deputies would not be released in order to provide them and their families privacy.

"I am grateful it came to a peaceful end," Smalls said during the press conference.

SLED will continue to investigate this incident.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are actively searching for a suspect who hit and injured two Hampton County sheriff's deputies with his vehicle Wednesday near Crocketville. 

Officials say the suspect is Jay John Ruth. He is a white male in his mid-50s. He may be driving a stolen Chevy Uplander or Honda Accord. They believe he is armed and dangerous.

SLED confirms one deputy was airlifted to MUSC and the other is in the Hampton County hospital. Both have now been released. 

Hampton County deputies spotted Ruth in Hampton County around 8 p.m. on Wednesday and tried to perform a traffic stop on Altman Road.

Ruth has two active warrants against him in Hampton County for kidnapping and grand larceny relating to a domestic dispute.

The first Hampton deputy spotted Ruth on Altman road and tried to stop him around a house. Ruth collided head-on with the deputy's car and then pushed the car into a fence.

Ruth went back on Altman Road to another house. He dropped off the pickup truck and went inside the house, stole a set of keys, and took off in another car.

A second deputy traveling on foot tried to stop Ruth and he slammed into him. 

A Varnville Police officer on the scene fired one shot in an effort to stop Ruth, but he was able to get away. 

Law enforcement agencies including Ridgeland and Hardeeville Police Departments and Allendale Sheriff's Office are assisting with the search.

SLED has taken over the investigation. If you think you see Ruth or know where he is, do not approach him. Contact SLED at 1-(803)-737-9000

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