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Suspect accused of shooting at Jefferson County deputy charged

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Jacob Wray, 27, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm. (Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Wray, 27, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm. (Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Police are searching for a man who they say fired shots at a Jefferson County deputy near Valles Mines. Credit: KMOV Police are searching for a man who they say fired shots at a Jefferson County deputy near Valles Mines. Credit: KMOV
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The suspect who allegedly shot at a Jefferson County deputy is in custody and charged after a homeowner held him at gunpoint.

Jacob Wray, 27, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A Jefferson County deputy was shot at near Valles Mines around 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

The deputy was on his way back from training when he received a call for a suspicious person.

Authorities say he encountered Wray near Routes JJ and T when Wray fired four shots at him. The deputy wasn't hit, but his patrol car was.

Nobody was injured.

On Friday morning, Wray was found by Jefferson County police in a shed on Highway JJ.  Police say the homeowner that located Wray held the suspect at gunpoint until sheriff deputies arrived on the scene. 

"Had my hand on this gun. I opened it and he was sitting there on that generator. I pointed it at him and said 'if you move, I'll kill you," said Jerry, the homeowner. "He said 'please don't kill me, please don't kill me!' I said 'you just sit there and you'll be okay."

A gun was found in the woods behind Jerry's shed, where Wray is believed to have spent the night. Wray was cold, so Jerry's wife brought him a blanket.

"I grabbed it and threw it on him and said 'sit your ass down and on concrete and cover-up,' and he did," Jerry said.

Police believe Wray was inside a truck that was stolen out of St. Francois County when the incident happened.

Wray later confessed to attempting to suicide by cop because of his drug addiction. Police said he was driving a car stolen from a St. Clair police officer.

Captain Gary Higginbotham with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said Jerry legally had the right to hold Wray until police arrived.

He is held on a $ 750,000 cash only bond.

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