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Two men who were shot by a deputy after taking off from officers in Rolla have been charged with a list of crimes.
The Phelps County sheriff says Jason Hanan and Michael Keaton junior are from Arkansas, but did a number as they took off from a police officer on I-44 in Rolla.
Authorities say the pair have been charged with having pot, resisting and assault on an officer. Bond is set at two-and-half-million dollars each.
Hanan took more than one bullet as he hit a patrol cruiser and then slammed into a mobile home. He was flown to a hospital in Columbia.
From a press release...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On February 16, 2012 Law Enforcement Officers from the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Rolla City Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol continued the investigation into the pursuit, shooting and ultimate arrest of two men in Phelps County. As a result of this investigation arrest warrants have been issued for two out of state men. Both men had been evacuated from the scene by medical authorities.
Arrest warrants were issued in 25th Circuit Court for the driver, Jason William Hanan, a 32 year old male, and the Passenger, Michael Randy Keaton Jr, a 39 year old male, both from Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Charges listed on the warrants include 2 counts of Assault in the 1st degree on a Law Enforcement Officer, 2 counts of Resisting Arrest for a Felony and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute.
Hanan was airlifted by helicopter to the Columbia Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds where he is presently listed in stable condition and expected to be released to Law Enforcement this afternoon. Keaton was transported by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released to Sheriff’s deputies for a single gunshot wound. He is presently incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail.
Both individuals are being held on a $2,500,000.00 bond.
The charges for which Mr. Hanan and Mr. Keaton were arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine their guilt or innocence.
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