James L. Kearse arrested after trying to run over officer, police say

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A man recovering from a gunshot to the elbow faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer stemming from an undercover police surveillance operation.

Authorities say undercover team saw someone in a silver car pick up a package in Daytona Beach Thursday afternoon.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports they asked police to pull over the vehicle.

Officers spotted the car backed into a driveway and the driver put his hands up like he was surrendering. As officers approached, they say 35-year-old James L. Kearse accelerated and tried to run them down. An officer fired, striking Kearse in the elbow.

Hospital officials told police Kearse came in with a gunshot wound a short time later. He was arrested.

The officers are on administrative leave, pending an investigation.


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