Deputy struck by car at elementary school, suspect arrested
The driver struck the officer while fleeing after attempting to pick up a child at the school without authorization
Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach
MILTON, Fla. — A Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office deputy was struck by a vehicle while working at TR Jackson Elementary Thursday afternoon, officials said.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., the deputy was advised that two individuals were attempting to pick up a child at the school without authorization, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the car hit him, causing injuries to the deputy.
As the vehicle was fleeing the scene, the driver came close to hitting a member of school administration.
A "be on the lookout" was issued for the vehicle. Almost immediately, a Sheriff's Office major located the car and pursued it along with Sheriff Bob Johnson.
The vehicle exited onto State Road 87 and eventually crashed on Persimmon Hollow Road in Milton. A male and female exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Both suspects were apprehended. Narcotics were located in the vehicle after it was searched, the press release said.
The two suspects were identified as Arthur Tanner Buckhault, 26, and Amber Lynn Holder, 21.
They have been booked into the Santa Rosa County jail. The deputy was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.
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