Suspect breaks Gates County sheriff’s leg during arrest

Logan Pederson (Photo courtesy Gates County Sheriff's Office).

GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Gates County Sheriff Edward Webb won’t be back to work for several weeks, after his leg was broken during an arrest last week.

Webb told 21-year-old Logan Pederson, of Corapeake, N.C., is the man responsible for the break in his right leg, just under the knee. Doctors have told the sheriff ligaments may also have been torn.

“I really didn’t think that it would get to this point until he did what he did,” Webb said.

The incident happened Monday, June 1, around 8:15 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies, N.C. Highway Patrol and emergency services responded to Hazelton Road. Chief Deputy Randy Hathaway said Pederson crashed the truck he was driving into a cornfield. He was later charged with driving while impaired.

“He was just nasty,” Webb said. “Anything disruptive that he could do to try to do to anybody, spitting on somebody, punching somebody off guard.”

Webb said Pederson assaulted a female EMT worker and Gates Volunteer Fire Chief Jeff Taylor. Once he was taken into custody, Webb said Pederson kicked out the back windows of the patrol car. Deputies took Pederson to the sheriff’s office, where Webb tried to talk with him. Suddenly, Pederson jumped on the sheriff.

“All I knew is, he knocked me to the ground, got my leg in a martial arts type of hold,” Webb said. “I felt my knee break. I felt my leg break, snap when he put the lock on it.”

Webb said he’s aware Pederson has had extensive Mixed Martial Arts training. He said he’s known Pederson since he was 12-years-old.

“I am disappointed in him,” Sheriff Webb said. “Of course, he has hurt me. I don’t have any anger or hostility toward him.”

Webb said Pederson is facing eight charges: felony assault on emergency personnel, felony assault on a firefighter, felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, disorderly conduct, driving while impaired, injury to county property, and two counts of communicating threats.

As for himself, Webb said doctors are telling him he will need surgery in the future. He’ll most likely have to take 10 to 12 weeks off from work.

“Life will go on,” Webb said. “I’ll get better. My leg will get straight, and I’ll be out and about and continue to try to serve the citizens here in the state, and in my county the best I can.”

Hathaway said Pederson was combative when taken to jail last week. He was taken to a department of corrections facility for “safe-keeping.” Webb said Pederson’s preliminary hearing is set for June 22, for which Webb has already been served a subpoena to testify.

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