LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office has confirmed Travis Taylor, 29, is the man allegedly responsible for injuring two deputies.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has identified the injured deputies as Deputy George Perez and Deputy Dan Leffin. Deputy Perez suffered serious injuries.
Taylor is facing multiple charges, including assault and attempted murder, after he allegedly rammed his car into an LCSO motorcycle, trying to get away from a traffic stop. One of the deputies involved in the crash is awaiting surgery at Lee Memorial Hospital in the intensive care unit. The second deputy was treated at the hospital, but has since been released.
Officials are not releasing the names of the two deputies because of the investigation, but the Sheriff's Office says the deputy in the hospital does have serious injuries.
This all stems from a traffic stop turned violent. Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, Lee County deputies were stationed at the intersection of College Pkwy. and U.S. 41 trying to catch red light runners. When they tried to stop Taylor, deputies said he took off and allegedly hit one of the deputies head on. Other law enforcement on scene started shooting, but no one was hit.
Eventually, deputies arrested Taylor after catching him running through lawns behind the IHOP on U.S. 41.
Taylor appeared in court this morning, where the judge decided to hold him without bond on attempted homicide. Taylor told the judge, "Sir, I didn't hit anybody."
He's been arrested eight times in the past, and has six felony convictions. Taylor is considered a danger to the community and a flight risk, but in court, he said, "Flight risk? No way."
The State argued that Taylor clearly made the decision to hurt his pursuers.
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