Knox deputy taking vaccinations after needle stick during arrest

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Knox County deputy is taking Hepatitis B vaccinations after being stuck with a needle while making an arrest.

Feb. 3, deputies went to a home on Highway 225 in Barbourville after receiving a report of a wanted person there. Deputies said they heard people in the house talk about trying to hide from them when they got there.

Shaunda Reed, Letha Jones, Jason Cox and Matthew Wayne Spears were in the home and had warrants for their arrests. They were arrested.

Elvis Smallwood was at the home when deputies arrived but ran away. He was arrested a few minutes later for hindering prosecution, resisting arrest, fleeing/evading police and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"It was kinda, 'hide where you can hide, get where you can get,'" said Matthew Spears from jail.

During Spears's arrest, Deputy Chad Wagner was stuck with a syringe from Spears's pocket.

Deputy Claude Hudson told WYMT, "(Wagner) asked (Spears) several times, 'Do you have a needle? Do you have a needle? He said, 'No.'"

While searching, Deputy Wagner was stuck by the needle that was uncapped, outside of Spears' pocket.

"I didn't have a chance to say yes or no really, but I said, 'I don't think so,' and by then, he was already looking at his hand," said Spears.

Deputy Hudson hopes the arrest will serve as a lesson for future arrests and for officer's safety.

"Anyone out there that does have needles, tell the officers. We're going to find it. We have families too. Help us protect ourselves," said Deputy Hudson. "It saves anyone from being charged with Wanton Endangerment when we are stabbed with it. We don't want to be stabbed, but if we are, we are going to charge."

Shaunda Reed, Letha Jones, Jason Cox, Matthew Spears and Elvis Smallwood were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center

Deputy Wagner went to the hospital and began a series of vaccinations to prevent contracting Hepatitis B.

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