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Injured Madison County Deputy Talks About Drive-By

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- The Madison County Sheriff's deputy injured in after a chase Saturday says he is slowly recovering.

Deputy Micheal Moncher said he witnessed a drive-by shooting on Whitehall Street in east Jackson and chased the suspects' SUV to a vacant house on Lockwood Street.

"You just have to make a split second decision on how to handle the situation. That's how I decided. I needed to get those suspects stopped before anyone else was injured or killed," Moncher told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News.

Deputy Moncher's right shoulder was injured when the stopped vehicle rolled down the driveway, and hit his police car. His opened door slammed into him and knocked him down.

Police arrested the suspected driver of the SUV, Jameca Tipler, and are still searching for three other men who were able to run from the vehicle. Two were seen running into the Lincoln Courts Area. The other was last seen running into some woods near Lockwood Street.

Deputy Moncher feels these men are a threat to the community, and need to be caught, "It's going to take the public getting involved. I know there is a lot of people scared of retaliation, but police officers, sheriff's deputies, they can't do it all on their own."

Deputy Moncher's injuries are expected to keep him off the job for the next three weeks.