U.S. marshals arrested a McLennan County man early Thursday morning in Bridgeport, Connecticut, almost three weeks after local officials say he tried to run over deputies during a drug investigation.
Two first-degree felony attempted murder warrants were issued for Steffan Jamur Kelly, 30, after the incident Jan. 26, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said. Kelly approached deputies after a traffic stop that was part of their drug investigation, McNamara said.
“Deputies were searching the area looking for any illegal narcotics or weapons that may have been thrown from the vehicle at the intersection of Pecan Lane and Cloverleaf (Drive),” an arrest affidavit for Kelly states. “A black Buick 4-door sedan … followed and stalked the deputies while they were searching for any contraband thrown from the vehicle.”
When deputies saw the driver, later identified as Kelly, following them, one deputy approached the driver, the affidavit states.
“When asking for identification, the driver of the vehicle then sped off and headed down Cloverleaf Drive toward Meyers Lane, almost striking two deputies,” the affidavit states.
One of the deputies was forced to jump into another officer’s car to avoid being hit, McNamara said.
Both deputies, one a patrol lieutenant and the other an organized crime unit investigator, fired shots at the approaching vehicle but did not hit Kelly, authorities said. Four deputies were able to identify Kelly as the driver, according to the arrest warrants.
Waco police reported Kelly’s car was involved in a hit-and-run in the area after the initial incident with deputies, and investigators later found the car near a bar in the Lacy Lakeview area, McNamara said. It had been hit at least twice by deputies’ gunfire and was registered to Kelly at the time, according to a search warrant for the car.
Authorities with the Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team searched for Kelly throughout the last few weeks, believing he may have traveled out of state. McNamara said investigators determined Kelly fled to Connecticut.
“Our FAST unit met with U.S. marshals, and local marshals reached out to the out-of-state U.S. marshals on Thursday morning, who captured him this morning in Bridgeport, Connecticut,” McNamara said. “We are so grateful for the U.S. marshals and their assistance to the sheriff’s office. They have consistently assisted the sheriff’s office on capturing wanted fugitives.”
Kelly was awaiting extradition back to McLennan County on Thursday.