BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A suspected drug dealer is in jail recovering from a gunshot wound after authorities said he was shot by a sheriff's deputy he allegedly intentionally hit with his car.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Larry Hardesty, also known as "Co-Co," 38, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Wednesday night on the following charges:
Distribution of crack cocaine
Attempted first-degree murder
Resisting an officer by force or violence
Authorities reported the Delta Drug Task Force, made up of EBRSO and the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, started an undercover investigation into illegal drug sales in East Baton Rouge Parish. Investigators said deputies arranged to buy crack from Hardesty at a motel.
The task force said when deputies tried to arrest Hardesty in the parking lot of the motel after the deal, he allegedly pressed on the gas and intentionally hit a West Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputy with his car. Investigators said the impact knocked the deputy backwards and "in fear for his safety," he fired one shot at the car.
According to reports, Hardesty was hit in the upper right arm and drove a short distance before crashing into a ditch. He was taken into custody and then driven to the hospital for treatment.
Once he was released, he was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking.
The investigation is ongoing.