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Man charged in Centerville shooting incident

PERRY — Charges have been filed against a Marshallville man who struggled with a Houston County sheriff’s deputy and was shot by police after escaping custody Friday in Centerville.

Ryan Cornelius Rumph, 18, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of aggravated assault in connection to a subsequent struggle with an elderly resident, said Craig Rotter, assistant special agent in charge of the GBI’s office in Perry. Rumph was released from The Medical Center of Central Georgia where he was treated for a single gunshot wound and transported to the Houston County jail late Monday afternoon.

Rumph was shot in the side and the bullet lodged in his shoulder, police said.

According to the GBI, Rumph was arrested for shoplifting at The Galleria in Centerville and broke free from custody after a struggle with a Centerville police officer outside the city’s police station on north Houston Lake Road.

Rumph fled into an adjacent residential area, where he wrestled with a sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the finger in the struggle.

Rumph was next shot by police, but it remains unclear whether he was shot by the sheriff’s deputy or a second Centerville officer, Rotter said.

Rotter said the deputy was in “a definite struggle for his life because the suspect was trying to get the gun.”

Rumph fled into an elderly couple’s home on Miller Court, wrestled with the husband as he attempted to call 911 and was arrested as he came out of the home.

Rumph was being held Tuesday without bond.

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