Suspect arrested in Mount Airy shooting involving police

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Left to right: Joseph Harold Ezekiel, 51, (arrested) and Derrick Ray Simmons (still sought) (Credit: Mount Airy Police Department)

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — One man was arrested and another sought after police say a suspect tried running over an officer with a car Friday evening in Mount Airy.

Officers said they tried to arrest the suspects in a car around 6:46 p.m. for drug dealing. Officers said the car did not stop and proceeded toward an officer, trying to run him over.

Police said they started firing at the car and a chase ensued. Officials said they were eluded during the chase.

Authorities said a woman who was determined to be inside the suspect vehicle arrived at Northern Hospital of Surry County shortly later with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Through follow up investigation, officers said they were able to identify the driver as Joseph Harold Ezekiel, 51, and a passenger, Derrick Ray Simmons, 25.

Police said Ezekiel turned himself in to police in Mount Airy on Saturday. A warrant is still out for Simmons.

Officials said Ezekiel was identified as the driver of the 2010 Dodge Challenger.

He was charged with selling and delivering cocaine, maintaining a drug vehicle, conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony speed to elude arrest and resist, obstruct and delay.

Ezekiel was placed in the Surry County Detention Center under a $101,000 secured bond. He has court planned for Feb. 20 and was already awaiting court on Jan. 23 for several drug charges.

The officers involved in the incident — Detective Phillip Newman and Detective Alex Ledford – have both been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, according to police.

Warrants have been issued for Simmons for sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.