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Suspect accused of ramming a Chattanooga patrol car is in custody

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Chattanooga police have arrested the man they say rammed a cop car that led to the officer firing his weapon Sunday.

Luster Dewayne Deloney, 20, is faces charges several charges including evading arrest and aggravated assault.

Officer Alex Olson said he attempted to pull over a driver Sunday night when a Nissan Altima reportedly ran through a stop sign at South Seminole Drive and Navajo Drive. The driver pulled continued before heading down Windsor Court and turning around on the dead end street. The driver “backed up aggressively” and caused the patrol car to push into the officer standing behind it for cover, according to the affidavit of complaint.

“The patrol car sustained significant damage… and Officer Olson was put into significant danger of bodily injury or death due to the suspect's reckless actions," according to the affidavit.

At that point, Olson fired four shots at the suspect driver. One shot blew out the man's tire. The affidavit did not state if Deloney was struck by Olson's gunfire.

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The driver ran away but police were able to confirm the fingerprints in the car as belonging to Deloney, according to police.

Deloney arrived at Police Services Center Tuesday afternoon and agreed to speak with police without an attorney. He denied that he was involved in the incident and claimed he was never in the Brainerd area.

Police say Deloney is clearly seen in the dash cam video. He was observed by officers walking near Tunnel Boulevard about 15 minutes after the incident. The car is registered to the mother of his child.

Olson, who has been placed on administrative leave per department policy while administrators review the shooting, has been with the department four years.

Deloney has three prior convictions of domestic assault in three different cases, according to sessions court records. 

His other charges in this case include a stop sign violation, driving on a revoked or suspended license, improper backing of a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and vandalism. 

He's being held on $52,500 bond and is due in court Monday before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck. 

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