Originally created 03/08/06

Burglar escapes deputy in fight



Authorities sought a man Tuesday night who is accused of injuring a Richmond County sheriff's deputy after a fight in which a gunshot was fired, officials said.

At about 7:53 p.m., Deputy Eric Harrison, a road patrol deputy, responded to a "suspicious noise" call at the Broadway Apartments in the 300 block of Broad Street, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Jerry Howell.

He said Deputy Harrison entered an apartment and walked in on a burglary. The deputy then chased the man from the complex along Broad Street to the rear parking lot of another apartment complex in the 100 block of Third Street.

During a brief struggle, the officer's .40-caliber Glock handgun discharged and the robber grabbed the deputy's weapon, Investigator Howell said. He said he did not know who fired the gun.

The investigator said the officer sustained minor injuries, but was not shot. The robber sustained a hand injury.

The gun was later found less than 150 feet from the site of the struggle, Investigator Howell said.

After the incident, several sheriff's patrol cars canvassed areas near the intersection of Broad and Third streets and questioned some residents in the city's Olde Town district.

Three Columbia County sheriff's patrol cars assisted in the manhunt, along with a K-9 unit from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Howell said.

Deputy Harrison was treated at University Hospital, police said.

It was not immediately known whether the deputy was to be placed on leave as officials investigated the incident.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.