Suspect in custody; officer injured in hit and run at Raceway gas station on Wrightsboro Rd.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – UPDATE: The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office PIO tells WJBF, 29-year-old Kaylon Smith is in custody after hitting a RCSO deputy with his car and fleeing the scene.

After fleeing the scene in his vehicle and then on foot, an active search with other law enforcement agencies took place. Smith was eventually located and taken into custody.

Deputy Inman is “listed in critical but guarded condition, but is expected to survive his injuries.”

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office tells WJBF Deputy Keith Inman is in “stable but serious condition” and sustained “head injuries, broken ribs and internal injuries”.

While performing what was described as a routine traffic stop, 29-year-old Kaylon Smith, attempted to flee. Deputy Inman held onto the vehicle, which resulted in him being drug for a distance through the parking lot of the Raceway Gas Station where Smith had been pulled over at.

Deputy Inman is a 4-year veteran of Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and is part of the Department’s Crime Suppression Team.

While Smith is believed to still be in Augusta, representatives with RCSO say that they are ready to expand the search to South Carolina, if necessary.

29-year-old Kaylon Smith is wanted for an assault on Deputy Keith Inman that happened at Raceway gas station on Wrightsboro Rd.

Smith is considered to be armed and dangerous. He frequents the area around Audubon Place and Da Wash Detail Shop on 2448 Windsor Spring Rd.

Smith is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 160 lbs. He may be wearing a black shirt, black pants and carrying a black backpack.

If you have any information, please contact the Violent Crimes Investigator at 706-821-1020. Deputy Inman is at Doctor’s Hospital in stable but serious condition.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office PIO says the deputy was struck by a vehicle.

The deputy was attempting to stop a vehicle at Raceway gas station when the suspect refused to comply, dragging the officer.

The deputy is at nearby Doctors Hospital with a wound to the head.

There is currently no word on the deputy’s condition.

Police are searching for the suspect and have blocked off Barton Chapel Rd. where the suspect is believed to have crashed.

Deputies are on the way to the Raceway gas station at 3481 Wrightsboro Rd. in reference to an officer down.

Police are looking for a light colored Hyundai on Jimmie Dyess Parkway headed into Columbia County.

The officer is being transported to Doctor’s Hospital.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more information on this developing situation.


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