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Sheriff says 'only by God's hand' deputies weren't hurt by wanted man firing assault rifle

Jurrell Thompson and Jodi Stapleton (Source: SCSO) Jurrell Thompson and Jodi Stapleton (Source: SCSO)
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Officer-involved shooting near Gossett Road (July 18, 2018/FOX Carolina) Officer-involved shooting near Gossett Road (July 18, 2018/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said two people are in custody after several deputy patrol cars were shot up with an AK-47-style weapon on Wednesday.

According to Wright, deputies were chasing two suspects with active warrants who fled a traffic stop near Old Converse Road and East Main Street around noon.

According to the sheriff, a female suspect with four active warrants was driving the suspect vehicle and a man with five active warrants stood up through the sunroof of the car and opened fire with the AK-47-style rifle.

Patrol cars involved in the pursuit were shot up, but no deputies were injured.

"It's only by God's hand none of our officers got shot," Wright said.

Wright said multiple deputies returned fire, hitting the male suspect,  33-year-old Jurrell Keith Thompson, in the leg. He ran and kicked open the door of a nearby home on Thurgood Marshall Road, Wright said, where an older woman and her granddaughter were inside.

Wright said deputies put their lives in danger by pursuing Thompson into the home without firing more shots, protecting the bystanders from harm.

Thompson was taken into custody in the home and transported to the hospital. Deputies said the assault rifle was recovered at another location in Lakeview Manor.

"We're not going to be fired at and we're not going to be treated that way," Wright said. "If you shoot at us, we're going to shoot you back."

Wright said the female suspect, 35-year-old Jodi Lea Stapleton, was located in a home approximately a block away on Mays Drive and also taken into custody. Warrants were served on her at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Thompson and Stapleton were both wanted for failure to appear for three counts of manufacturing drugs and unlawful neglect of a child. Thompson also had a warrant for a possession of weapons charge.

After the chase, Thompson is facing additional charges for possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and three counts of attempted murder.

Stapleton is now charged with accessory before and accessory after the fact of a felony.

SLED is investigating the case, as is protocol with officer-involved shootings. The deputies involved are on paid administrative leave until an internal review can be completed.

According to a background check from SLED, Stapleton and Thompson both have lengthy criminal records.

Thompson has previous convictions for unlawful carrying of a weapon, resisting arrest, manufacture or distribution of cocaine base, domestic violence, and drug trafficking.

Stapleton has previous arrests for armed robbery, first-degree burglary, manufacture or distribution of cocaine base, habitual traffic offender, and shoplifting.

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