The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says that four men are now behind bars after they broke into a church and they assaulted one of the Sheriff's Deputies who arrived at the scene.
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Officials at the Henry County Sheriff's Office say that Deputy Duffy was on local patrol in the Fieldale area Wednesday on River Road when he spotted a vehicle traveling towards him slowing down as it approached.
Deputy Duffy then says the thugs who were inside of the passing car sprayed a dry chemical fire extinguisher into the open window of the patrol vehicle.
After the Sheriff's Deputy was attacked with the fire extinguisher, the suspects then drove away at an extremely high rate of speed from the Deputy.
The Sheriff's Office says Deputy Duffy gave chase and that the vehicle later crashed in the 5000 block of River Road and the thugs inside the car jumped out and took off running.
Sheriff's Deputies arrived to give backup and they were able to detain four of the men after searching nearby yards. The fifth suspect, who has not yet been identified, is still at large.
After an investigation into why they chose to assault the Deputy, the suspects revealed that they had broken into Victory International Ministries on Marshall Way.
Deputies say that the men took fire extinguishers from inside the Church and Vandalized the interior of the church as well as used them to damage the food bank which assists struggling families with food.
In addition to that crime, officials say the thugs stole computer equipment, food items, and fire extinguisher.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office says there is no damage estimate at this time, but the church is expected to examine their property damage tomorrow.
The four suspects which were captured have been identified as 20-year-old Zachery T. Conner, 20-year-old Kaeylan A. Carter, 22-year-old Christopher Harr, and 19-year-old Daveon Finney.
Each of the suspects has now been charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, malicious bodily injury by means of the caustic substance, breaking and entering, and petit larceny.
All four were arrested and are currently being detained in the Henry County Jail without bond until arraignment.
There is now a manhunt for the fifth individual, however, police are unsure of his name, but the Church did have surveillance cameras which are under review.
Anyone who has any additional information about this crime or the suspects is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463).
Crimestoppers has offered rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to the crime.
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