HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Investigators say Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Fraizer's life was threatened as he was being dragged into a wooded area by the three men who jumped him at a roadside rest stop on old Highway 90 in Pearlington. The search for the suspects is still ongoing.
"He was ambushed by two black males," said Investigator Aj Gambino.
It all started when the deputy stopped at the rest area to check out a suspicious vehicle.
"Upon stopping it, he discovered that there was a strong odor of what he believed to be an illegal narcotic," said Gambino.
Authorities say while the officer was talking to the driver, two men came from behind a fence and jumped the officer.
"From there, the shuffle began he was choked and put into a headlock. Another man grabbed his feet and began dragging him toward the wooded area while at the same time threatening him saying, 'We're going to cut your throat,'" explained Gambino.
Investigators say somehow the officer managed to hit a release button that opened a door on his patrol car letting his K-9, Lucas, out.
The deputy believes Lucas bit at least one of the suspects. That's when officials say all three took off.
"Right now we've got three guys we believe are not afraid to attack a police officer," said Gambino.
Investigators spent the day searching for three black males they believe to be in their 20s to mid 30s.
"One was pretty heavy set and kind of muscular. The guy that had him by the neck had big, big arms. He had unusually large arms because he [the deputy] was able to touch his arms when he tried to free himself," according to Grannan.
Officials said they were driving a blue 4-door Lincoln Towncar with a dark top and custom rims.
"We physically checked some vehicles and ruled them out that fit the general description. We've been getting a lot of help from the public and we appreciate that," explained Chief Deputy Don Bass.
Deputy Fraizer is recuperating at his home after being released from the hospital Tuesday morning. Anyone with information about the vehicle or suspects is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 255-9191.