Richmond County deputy run over by vehicle

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy suffered a broken ankle, fractured knee and a head injury not considered life-threatening after at least two suspects ran him over and fled the scene Thursday evening at Surrey Center, the sheriff’s office said.

Lt. Robert West, a deputy at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, was off-duty and working a special assignment when he was hit around 8:20 p.m., according to Capt. Scott Peebles.

As of Thursday evening, police were searching for at least two males involved, Peebles said.

West was patrolling the second level of Surrey Center when he saw a suspicious vehicle and approached.

Peebles said West called out to the people inside and asked to speak to them when the suspects shifted the car into reverse, turned toward West and “gunned” the car into drive.

“Every indication is they struck him intentionally,” Peebles said.

About 30 minutes later, deputies found the suspects’ car, a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, abandoned on Johns Road near Gardner Street.

Peebles said the vehicle is a rental car and thought to be stolen.

“They were likely involved in some sort of criminal activity,” he said.

West was transported to a hospital, but Peebles said he will recover.

West has worked the special detail at Surrey Center for many years, patrolling the parking lots at night and keeping the area secure, Peebles said.

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