Sharik Ronald Smith

Sharik Ronald Smith

A Rossville man is behind bars after leading deputies on a chase on James Street in Rossville, leaving two deputies injured and an elementary school on lockdown.

According to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, on Monday, Dec. 4, around 2 p.m., 25-year-old Sharik Ronald Smith was pulled over on Happy Valley Road due to driving on a suspended license.

While deputies were in the process of handcuffing Smith, he began to fight the two deputies. The fight ended up on the ground and Smith fled on foot.

Wilson said it is believed that Smith was picked up by a female who assisted in his escape. Her identity is unknown at this time.

During this time, a school official with Stone Creek Elementary was listening to the scanner and heard that a suspect was on foot in the vicinity of the school and possibly armed.

This prompted the school to announce there may be an armed suspect in the area and decided to go on voluntary lockdown.

Wilson said Smith did not have a firearm on him when he was initially pulled over on Happy Valley Road.

Wilson said the Sheriff's Department's two active canine officers were off on Monday, so the sheriff called in assistance from the LaFayette Police Department. LaFayette police canine "Carlos" was called to the scene.

Around 2:45 p.m., "Carlos" located Smith at a commercial storage at the intersection of Wilson Road and James Street, Wilson said.

Deputies took Smith into custody without further incident.

Stone Creek Elementary held off releasing the students from school during the lockdown, but released them once they knew the suspect was in custody.

The two deputies involved in the fight with Smith were taken to Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe due to minor injuries sustained in the altercation.

Smith now faces two felony counts of obstruction of an officer, one count of escape and revoked license.

No firearm was located on Smith at the time of his arrest.

Wilson credits the LaFayette Police Department and "Carlos" for assisting in the capture and arrest of Smith.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.