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Sumter County suspect detained in Texas

A suspect in the Oct. 9 shooting of a Sumter County sheriff's deputy is in custody and awaiting return from Texas.

Rian Ray Green, 33, was arrested early Thursday at a trailer outside the Dallas area and charged with first-degree attempted murder, according to the Wise County Sheriff's Department.

Green, whose last known address was in Dade City, is not fighting extradition and should be returned to Florida early next week, the Wise County Sheriff's Department said.

Green is accused of shooting Deputy Edward Fritz, 24, during a routine traffic stop, said Lt. Bobby Caruthers, spokesman for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

On Oct. 9, Fritz tried to pull over a black Chevrolet Camaro missing a license plate and a tail light on County Road 683. When the car drove away, Fritz chased it.

The driver crashed into a wooded area on SW 115th Lane in Croom-A-Coochee, south of Bushnell.

Fritz chased the driver through the trees. Once he caught up with him, the driver pulled a gun and started shooting.

Fritz was hit in the chest with five bullets and was treated at an Orlando hospital.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office had recently learned that Green could be in Texas and had alerted authorities there, Caruthers said.

The U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force tracked Green to a travel trailer at 215 County Road 4858 in Wise County, according to Wise County Sheriff's Department records. Around 2 a.m., deputies surrounded the trailer and Green surrendered without incident.

Wise County deputies also recovered a .22-caliber handgun and bullets, according to the report.

In 2001, Green was convicted of two charges of battery and one charge of eluding a police officer in Hernando County for an incident that occurred in December 2000.

Fritz is recuperating and should return to work in a month or two, Caruthers said. He still has two bullets inside him.

_ Jennifer Liberto can be reached at 848-1434 or libertosptimes.com.

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