Man Wounded by Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy was Carrying a Sword

Austin Leigh, 41, from Council Bluffs, Iowa, the man shot by a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy last Saturday, was intoxicated and actively involved in a domestic altercation at a residence on Highway 15, south of Paris.

A probable cause statement said Leigh began walking toward a vehicle with a Katana sword. Deputies requested Leigh stop, but he did not. The deputy pepper sprayed Leigh, but he still started the vehicle, fled the area in a “dangerous manner” and nearly struck a deputy.

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He drove for about a mile before he was taken into custody. After medical attention, he was arrested and is being held in jail without bond.

Court documents did not clearly state when or where the deputy shot Leigh, but said he was “transported by EMS due to injuries sustained from discharge of a firearm.”