Shoot out with deputies

Published 12:12 am Sunday, May 18, 2008

An effort Thursday afternoon to check on the welfare of a county resident resulted in shots being fired at deputies who went to clear the way for EMS units.

Thursday, after the storm system had moved through Pearl River County, a friend of Clinton Ira Wise called to see how he had fared during the storm, said Pearl River County Chief Investigator Shane Tucker.

Wise told the friend that somehow a stick had gone through his kidneys. The friend went to check on Wise at his residence, 180 Dumas Wise Rd. Wise was described as holding his side, though the friend never actually saw a wound. The friend also described Wise as having a revolver in his hand. At times during the visit, Wise would point the revolver at the friend, and at other times Wise would point the gun at his own head.

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The friend then went to call an ambulance, and a deputy was sent out to assess the situation for EMS personnel, Tucker said.

Tucker said deputies knocked on the door and announced their presence. When Wise didn’t answer, they attempted to peer in through a window to see if Wise was injured or if he had a weapon. Wise then came out the front door and around the side of the house where to the deputies were. The deputies saw Wise come around the corner with a 20-gauge shotgun in his hands and ran for cover.

“As they ran for cover, he fired a round at them,” Tucker said.

Deputies reported buckshot hitting the general area where they ran for cover, Tucker said.

Wise then went back into the house with the shotgun and returned with a pistol. Deputies drew their weapons and covered at the 48 year-old man and took him into custody.

“They would have been justified to shoot him, but they didn’t,” Tucker said.

No signs of wounds were found on Wise when EMS personnel examined him.

“All that was just a hoax,” Tucker said.

Wise was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and his bond was set at $30,000.