Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – An MP who was attacked by a suspect he was then treated and released from a local hospital, authorities said on Friday.
The suspect, Michael Caleb Barrett, 38, is in stable condition at a local hospital, they added.
The MP, whose name has not yet been released, met Barrett on Thursday afternoon near a gazebo behind the Wash Depot on 11th Street. Barrett allegedly stole $ 5,000 from a house in Callaway.
Sheriff Tommy Ford said Barrett took the deputy’s gun from him during a fight and punched him in the face. Barrett then attempted to shoot the deputy, but he grabbed the gun and stopped her from firing. The deputy then retrieved the gun and shot Barrett.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident and the Deputy Minister has been placed on administrative leave. Both actions are normal procedure in law enforcement shooting incidents.
Barrett was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.
According to court records, Barrett had just completed a three-month probation after pleading without dispute in December to fleeing law enforcement and the grand theft of a motor vehicle. Records indicate he stole a Peaden Air Conditioning van and was arrested after abandoning the van and being captured in a foot chase.
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