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Foot Pursuit Lands Wanted Felon in Jail

Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in a foot pursuit of Jacob Counts, 36, Mountain View, that led to his arrest. On January 26, Deputy Travis Weaver of Howell County Sheriff’s Office began a pursuit of Counts north of Willow Springs when he observed him leaving a residence on US Highway 60.  According to Deputy Weaver’s probable cause statement, Counts was wanted on multiple active warrants and was attempting to conceal himself in the passenger side floorboard. 
 
When the driver of the vehicle became aware of Deputy Weaver’s presence, he began to flee and nearly lost control when law enforcement gave chase. The car slowed and Counts fled from the vehicle. The suspect was brandishing a weapon at Deputy Weaver as he exited the vehicle before tossing it aside and running north into a wooded area. 
 
Deputy Weaver secured the weapon and called for back up. Officers from Willow Springs Police Department responded to assist in the foot pursuit as well as more Howell County Sheriff’s Deputies. 
 
Deputy Shannon Caldwell observed Counts running through a field and intercepted him. Deputy Caldwell secured one of Counts’ arms in handcuffs because the other arm was in a cast. Deputy Weaver arrived and secured the suspect’s hands with flex cuffs. Counts resisted the deputy’s attempts to secure him a vehicle and became violent. Deputies used a stun gun on the suspect before he would comply and climb inside the vehicle. 
Counts was transported to Howell County Jail, where he remained in custody as of February 4, confirmed Howell County Sheriff Brent Campbell. 
 
Howell County Prosecuting Attorney Rizwan Ahad charged Counts with resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm on January 27. The charges were bound over on February 4. Because of the new felony charges, Judge Steven Privette revoked Counts’ probation relating to a May 2020 assault and sentenced the suspect to serve seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. This sentence began on February 4.
Sentencing for the charges related to the foot pursuit is still pending as of press time.

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