UPDATE - Michael Larry Smith, 45, of Cottageville, was walking up and down a road firing his gun when officers of the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Department responded. He opened fire on the officers.

Lead pellets hit Captain Faber of the sheriff's department and Sergeant Raymon Williams of the Ripley Police. Both have been treated and released.

Reports say Smith ran into his house and kept officers at bay from until 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, when he set his house on fire and ran.

He has been charged with wanton endangerment and malicious wounding. More charges are pending.

ORIGINAL STORY - Details are sketchy at Midnight Tuesday, but a Jackson county police officer is down after being shot and a standoff continues a short distance from the Cottageville Elementary School.

The officer was rushed to a Charleston hospital.

He has not been identified, nor are the nature of his injuries known.

The "standoff" reportedly started at a house at about 8:30 p.m. with dozens of police officers on scene.

Unofficial sources at the scene are saying the officer was not critically wounded, that police are trying to talk the man out of a house.

Other residents are saying the man had been firing shots randomly in the highway but these reports are not confirmed.

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