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The driver who caused a pursuit Friday, Aug. 30, from the Worlds of Fun area to Interstate 35 and Vivion Road was charged in Clay County on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Samuel H. Deford, 21, was charged in Clay County with first degree assault, armed criminal action, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

There is no booking photo available at this time as he is still receiving medical treatment.

The passenger was not charged. The Kansas City Crime Investigation Squad and Clay County deputies are still looking for the firearm thrown from the window during the pursuit, said Sheriff's Office Spokesman Jon Bazzano.

According to Capt. Tim J. Hernandez with the Kansas City Police Media Unit, around 4:11 p.m. Friday, Clay County deputies attempted to stop a black Ford Taurus occupied by two white males for a traffic infraction in the area near Worlds of Fun.

 The driver of the vehicle, Deford, refused to stop and eluded the deputies. During the pursuit, one of the occupants allegedly threw a firearm from the vehicle in the vicinity of 56th and Drake in Kansas City. The vehicle continued to drive erratically, placing the community in danger.

The suspect vehicle came to a stop in the area of I-35 and Vivion Road. When deputies exited their vehicle and attempted to take the suspects into custody, the suspects refused to follow the deputies verbal commands, Bazzano said. The suspect then drove the vehicle towards the deputies. After striking one of the deputies with their vehicle, the other deputy discharged his firearm, said Bazzano.

After the driver was struck, he lost control and drove his vehicle off the road. The vehicle came to a rest after striking the corner of a house. The deputies immediately took both occupants into custody and began rendering aid to the driver. The 20-year-old white male passenger was taken into custody and detained for questioning.

Investigation at the scene revealed the vehicle was stolen. After conducting a canvass of the area, officers were unable to locate the firearm thrown from the vehicle. Anyone who may have located a firearm in the area are urged to contact the Kansas City Missouri Police Homicide Unit at 234-5043.

“The deputies involved were uninjured and the house sustained minimal damage while the residents inside were uninjured,” Bazzano said. “With this officer-involved shooting, the deputies are currently on administrative leave until the investigation is closed.”

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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