The Madison County deputy in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head following a high-speed chase Thursday morning is Brad Sullivan who grew up at Nanih Waiya.

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies gathered Thursday at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson to show support for Sullivan undergoing surgery after he was shot in the head after the chase that ended near the Canton Country Club on Mississippi 16 east.

Late Thursday, Sullivan was out of surgery, but friends say the next hours are critical.

Sullivan was wounded around 7:15 a.m. After the suspect crashed his vehicle into a ditch, he exited and started shooting. Other law enforcement officers involved in the pursuit returned fire, hitting the suspect before taking him into custody.

Sullivan was airlifted to UMMC.

The chairman of the hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Alan Jones, said the deputy was awake and talking to doctors when he arrived, but has since been admitted to the intensive care unit in critical condition.

“He will need some additional surgery,” Jones said.

Madison Sheriff Randy Tucker said his deputies had responded to a call about a domestic dispute that had escalated into a hostage situation when the suspect jumped in a vehicle and sped away.

Madison County District Attorney John Bramlett said the investigation has been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Bramlett has identified the suspect as Edgar James Egbert of Canton.

Egbert is charged with six counts attempted murder of law enforcement officers, one count of kidnapping and one count of felony fleeing.

Tucker issued the following statement about the shooting:

This morning, at approximately 7:30, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a hostage/kidnap situation. After Deputies made contact with the suspect, a chase ensued on Highway 16.

Deputies, in an effort to keep the public safe, deployed stops sticks. The suspect’s vehicle left the roadway and came to a complete rest in a ditch at the intersection of Avondale Road and Highway 16. Upon exiting the vehicle, the suspect opened fire on the Deputies. Deputies sustained injuries due to gunfire and are in the hospital.

Deputies returned fire and the suspect is now in custody.

As protocol dictates, when officers are involved in a shooting, this case is being turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Since this is an ongoing investigation; we are not able to make any further comment.

The findings of MBI’s investigation will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office.

At this time, we are not releasing the names of those shot.

Please keep the families of those shot today in your thoughts and prayers.