The details on a kidnapping that led to a police chase on our coast Sunday morning.

posted by Kelly Bennett -

This is the release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department:

An alleged kidnapping in Mobile led to a pursuit on Highway 90 in Pascagoula where a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy was shot at, but uninjured. About three Sunday morning, the deputy was crossing Highway 90 at Market Street, when the driver of a tan SUV with an Alabama tag ran the red light, nearly hitting the deputy. When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the driver took off west, and the deputy began chasing the vehicle. Sheriff Mike Ezell says the deputy saw muzzle flashes and heard gun shots from both sides of the back passenger windows. He also saw broken glass and shattered concrete hitting the front of his patrol unit. The suspect started throwing items out of both sides of the vehicle at the Pascagoula/Gautier city limits. That’s where Gautier Police and eventually Biloxi police, joined the chase. It ended in a casino parking lot. Sheriff Ezell says all the occupants were arrested and taken to the Adult Detention Center in Pascagoula.

The driver is identified as a Mobile woman. Her 16-year old son was in the front passenger seat. Sheriff Ezell says she told deputies that Terrell Lee Johnson kidnapped her and her son at gunpoint from their home after she heard her other son fighting with Johnson. Johnson allegedly forced them into the SUV, and they headed towards Pascagoula. The woman told deputies Johnson was shooting two guns at the deputy chasing them. 

Mobile Police went to the driver’s house to check on her other son. Sheriff Ezell says they found the front door open, the son was missing, and there was evidence of an assault. The son was later found and taken to a Mobile hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.

Sheriff Ezell says two pistols believed to be the ones Johnson fired were found near the west river bridge on Highway 90. One is reported to be stolen in Mobile. Sheriff’s investigators have charged Terrell Johnson with aggravated assault on a police officer and he is in the Adult Detention Center without bond. Mobile Police have a hold on him on aggravated assault, robbery and kidnapping charges.

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