Burglary suspect who stole deputy's gun now in jail

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

Maurice McCullough was in jail Wednesday night after investigators say he got into a fight with a deputy and stole the officer's gun.

The victim says she's thankful for a brave officer who protected her when she came home to a stranger.

“I went home, I put my purse down and turned on the kitchen light and heard what sounded like shattering glass.”

And then this victim, who doesn't want to be identified, heard a person moving.

She ran outside and called 911.

Deputy Eric Harrison responded to the call and went with the victim back into her apartment.

“I heard him say ‘hey’ and this large man walked out towards the police officer,” the victim says.

Officers say Harrison chased the suspect outside and down the street. Officers say the two got into a fight and during the fight Harrison shot off his gun, which the suspect grabbed and ran away with.

Officers found the gun a few minutes later.

“Seconds seems like ten minutes,” says Georgia State Trooper Chris Wright. He knows what Deputy Harrison felt Tuesday night.

Wright was a Richmond County officer in 1996 when a man fought him for his gun.

“One of the first things I realized is when I took my shirt off that night the ‘S’ had evaporated. There's no such thing as being immortal,” says Wright.

Lt. Scott Peebles says Richmond County deputies get minor injuries on the job several times a week.

“It’s not uncommon for an officer or a suspect to go to the hospital,” Peebles says.

“I was appreciative of what they did,” says the victim. “I was very happy that he was not injured and to know that they're there for me makes a big difference. It does.”

Wright says making that difference is why deputies do what they do.

“It’s the love of the job and the duty and it's almost a sense of duty and honor.”

Deputy Harrison went to University Hospital last night for some minor injuries, but he's home now and is expected to be okay.

The suspect is charged with burglary, assault on an officer and taking an officer's weapon.

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