Deputy involved shooting in Rutherford Co. sends both the deputy & suspect to the hospital

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    A deputy-involved shooting in Rutherford County Wednesday night sent both the deputy and suspect to the hospital.

    Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, just before 7 p.m., when a deputy was sent to check out a suspicious vehicle near Sarah Lee Road and Piney Knob Road between Lake Lure and Union Mills.

    Court documents show Sergeant Tyler Greene checked warrants on the occupants of the vehicle and one of the passengers, Paul Michael Wrenn, 31, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

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    Authorities say Wrenn fled the scene, and when Sgt. Greene caught up with him, he began to fight with the deputy and hit him in the head with a flashlight repeatedly and tried to take his taser, that's when the deputy shot him.

    “He was definitely dazed and attempting to get him in custody. Paul never would stop. He was shot one time in the arm. After that, we were very blessed. The deputy was able to ask for emergency help," said Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis.

    Both the Sgt. Greene and Wrenn were taken to Rutherford Regional Hospital and later released. After being released, Wrenn was arrested.

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    News 13 was there when Wrenn made his first court appearance Thursday. Wrenn entered the courtroom in a wheelchair with cuts on his face and his arm bandaged.

    Wrenn is currently being held on a $500,000 bond, charged with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer Causing Physical Injury (class I felony) and Resisting a Public Officer (misdemeanor). Wrenn also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear on previous charges from 2018, which he was also served.

    Wrenn's next court date is set for January 23, 2019.

    Sheriff Chris Francis says the deputy is shaken up but doing well. As per protocol, he is on administrative leave during the investigation.

    The SBI is also investigating.

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