MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man who led police on a car chase and fired at an officer while fleeing on foot was charged with assault Monday.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Derrick Zechariah Smith was charged with first degree assault.READ MORE: Kim Potter Trial, Dec. 3 Live Updates: All 14 Jurors Selected, Opening Statements Planned For Wednesday
According to the criminal complaint, Smith led police on a chase after fleeing the scene of a shooting turned homicide in Prior Lake.
An Eden Prairie police officer brought the vehicle Smith and two others were traveling in to a stop in Edina. Smith fled on foot and fired at the officer who pursued him.READ MORE: Earth, Wind & Fire Announce Concert At Mystic Lake
Once backup arrived, Smith was arrested. He and a 39-year-old woman were jailed on suspicion of murder.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Smith was charged with a shooting last week and is a key suspect in the Prior Lake murder of 42-year-old James Herron. Freeman also said authorities in Milwaukee want to question Smith in connection with a murder there.MORE NEWS: St. Paul Police: 1 Arrested In Fatal Stabbing, City’s 35th Homicide Of The Year
Smith is expected in court Tuesday. Prosecutors are seeking $1 million bail.