Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Charged with Battery, Assault

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Charged with Battery, Assault

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A man faces multiple charges after a Clay County Sheriff's Office deputy fired a shot at a driver accused of using his car to strike the officer during a traffic stop in Orange Park early Saturday.

William Alexander Gaspard, 29, of Orange Park, was jailed without bail on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine, possession or use of drug equipment, resisting/obstructing/opposing an officer without violence and fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, according to Clay County Sheriff's Office records.

Gaspard is scheduled for a bail hearing Sunday, the records show.

About 12:40 a.m., Clay sheriff's deputies with the agency's Operation Safe Streets Unit conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with a broken tail light at Jefferson Avenue and Independence Drive.

When the car stopped, a Sheriff's Office police dog alerted, indicating that deputies should search the car. Two deputies approched the car, and instructed the driver and passenger to get out of it, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The driver, subsequently identified as Gaspard, became argumentative and refused to get out of the car. He then started the car and drove off, striking one deputy who fired a single shot but missed hitting Gaspard. No one was hit or injured as a result of the gunshot, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies arrested Gaspard when the car stopped a short distance away, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office didn't identify the deputy who fired the shot. He was not injured, said Angela Spears, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Spears said because no one was injured, the deputy won't be placed on paid administrative leave in the case.

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