JACKSON, Miss. — A police officer in Mississippi’s capital city was grazed by a bullet while chasing a man.

Jackson police Sgt. Roderick Holmes says police saw a suspicious man near a motel just after midnight Wednesday. Police said the man, identified as 40-year-old Alton Johnson, ran from officers.

Police say he fired a handgun as officers pursued, grazing an unnamed officer’s left arm.

Holmes says the officer was taken to a hospital and later released.

The chase continued with Holmes saying Johnson ascended to the roof of the multi-story motel, again firing. Police later recovered a gun they say Johnson threw away, and finally apprehended Johnson back on the ground.

Police are holding Johnson, charging him with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

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