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New details surface in officer shooting and high speed chase

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(WRCB) -- Marlene Bennett and her daughter share the same driveway on Three Notch Road in Catoosa County. However, when her daughter stopped to pick up the trash Thursday she had no idea a man on the run was just down the road.

Michael Brooks, 24, had just allegedly shot Chickamauga Officer Ira Taylor after taking a gun from another officer at the scene on Wilder Road in Walker County. Brooks was still armed, on the run and becoming desperate.

The carjacking victim wants to remain anonymous but did share details of what happened with Channel 3. She says she had just pulled out of her driveway to take out the trash when Brooks pulled into her driveway and blocked her from getting home. He got out of his vehicle and began waving a gun and yelling. She says Brooks took her Jeep while the Jeep he was driving was left running in her driveway.

"She was trembling, totally trembling all over," says Bennett. "She said call 911 I've been carjacked! I thought she was kidding until I saw how shook up she was."

Her daughter's vehicle was part of a high speed chase that ended on Interstate 75, just over the Tennessee line. To stop Brooks deputies from Catoosa and Walker County pinned him in.

The damage done to his victim's Jeep is extensive. "It was a relief to know they caught him. Of course we didn't sleep very well, even after we knew they caught him," Bennett says.

Brooks remains in custody in the Hamilton County Jail; his bond is set at $150,000. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says the two individuals with Brooks at the initial call on Wilder Road were his girlfriend and her father, who currently lives in Chattanooga. They are not facing any charges.

Chickamauga Police Chief Michael Haney says Officer Taylor received staples in his leg and is at home recovering. He expects Taylor to be back at work in about a week.

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