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Seymour man jailed after shooting at police

A Seymour man is behind bars after allegedly shooting at police early Monday morning.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers says that shortly after midnight, deputies were called to a domestic disturbance involving weapons just southeast of Seymour. Deputies Dustin Steward and Jeff Walters, along with Seymour Patrolman Jeremy Soliday, were the first to arrive on the scene.

The officers were speaking with the suspect's wife and children when 41-year-old Jeremy French allegedly opened fire on them. Sheriff Carothers said all three officers took cover as bullets struck Soliday's vehicle, a neighbor's house and a parked pickup truck. He said that none of the officers returned fire.

Carothers says the Jackson County Emergency Response Team was assembled and moved in on French with the assistance of the Seymour Police Department's armored vehicle. Sheriff's Lt. Andy Wayman reportedly made contact with French over the telephone and convinced him to come out peacefully.

French was booked in the Jackson County Jail on a number of preliminary charges. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Officer Soliday suffered an injury to his foot from landscaping equipment as he was scurrying for cover.

The cause of the argument that led to the violence was not disclosed.

Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014 3:08:26 PM

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