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Suspect shot by DeSoto County Deputy during human trafficking sting identified

The shooting Thursday happened in Olive Branch, following a separate shooting by a deputy Wednesday during a traffic stop in Horn Lake.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A second person has been shot by a DeSoto County deputy in less than 24 hours. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating both shootings.

The MBI said the latest shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon near the 4800 block of Bethel Road in Olive Branch.

26-year-old Darielle Davonte Sparks of Marion, Arkansas, was identified by the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office and is charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

Desoto County Chief Deputy Justin Smith said it started with a sting operation into human trafficking. He said undercover and marked units were at the scene, and Sparks tried to run over one of the deputies. Smith said one deputy fired shots, hitting Sparks.

Smith said the Sparks' wounds are non-critical, and he was released to the custody of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office and a bond was set of $250,000.

Smith also said more charges are to be expected.

Smith said only one deputy fired a shot, but several others were on scene and considered witnesses. He said the deputies will go on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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This all comes after a shooting by a deputy during a traffic stop Wednesday night in Horn Lake. The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect at that time was armed, and according to Chief Deputy Smith Thursday, the suspect "nearly assaulted the deputy" with the gun.

The MBI said the shooting was not deadly, and the deputy was not injured. Investigators have not said what led to the shooting.

Charges are pending against the suspect in Wednesday night's shooting.

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