VIDEO: Man Drags Deputy With Car, Sheriff Says Deputy Should Have Shot Him More

Seminole County Deputy Aaron Blais fired multiple rounds into the suspect's vehicle during the terrifying encounter.

Seminole County, FL – An armed convicted felon is facing an attempted murder charge, after he dragged a Seminole County deputy with his vehicle while grabbing for the deputy’s duty weapon (video below).

The harrowing altercation occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, after Seminole County Deputy Aaron Blais stopped 38-year-old career criminal Rocky Rudolph Jr. for a window tint violation, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Deputy Blais smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Rudolph’s vehicle during the stop, so he asked him if he had a medical marijuana card.

Rudolph admitted that he did not, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told reporters on Saturday.

The deputy then asked Rudolph to turn off the vehicle, but he refused.

The situation escalated when the convicted felon put his SUV into drive, bodycam and dashcam footage showed.

“Stop! Stop!” Deputy Blais ordered repeatedly, as he clung onto the driver’s side of Rudolph’s vehicle.

The suspect drove approximately 20 feet while dragging the deputy down an interstate on-ramp, Sheriff Lemma said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

When he stopped the SUV a moment later, Deputy Blais drew his duty weapon and screamed at Rudolph to put the vehicle into park and to show his hands, bodycam footage showed.

“I didn’t do anything!” Rudolph wailed.

Deputy Blais radioed for backup as the suspect grew increasingly frantic and agitated.

He continued to hold him at gunpoint, and repeatedly ordered him to show his hands.

Rudolph then snapped his left arm out the open window, and attempted to grab the deputy’s duty weapon, the video showed.

Deputy Blais held his gun out of Rudolph’s reach and attempted to jump onto the running boards of the suspect’s SUV as the suspect stomped on the gas yet again.

According to Sheriff Lemma, Rudolph used one hand to hold onto the deputy as he dragged him approximately 100 yards further down the interstate on-ramp, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

While he was being dragged, Deputy Blais fired several rounds into Rudolph’s vehicle.

“I don’t know how many rounds were fired into the car, but it was probably not enough,” Sheriff Lemma said.

Rudolph then jerked the SUV to the right, sending Deputy Blais flying into the median, before he fled the scene.

The suspect’s vehicle “spun out” a short while later, so Rudolph bailed out and took off running, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Witnesses spotted him tossing a gun into the bushes as he fled.

Approximately eight hours later, a Belle Isle police officer saw a man matching Rudolph’s description run out of the woods and jump into a vehicle.

Police converged on the vehicle – which was being driven by the suspect’s daughter – and placed Rudolph under arrest, WESH reported.

The suspect had a gunshot wound to his leg from the earlier altercation with Deputy Blais, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputy Blais was also transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, Sheriff Lemma told the Orlando Sentinel.

Investigators located one firearm inside the car Rudolph’s daughter was driving, and also recovered the gun witnesses saw him toss into the bushes, WESH reported.

Sheriff Lemma said that Rudolph has 15 prior felony convictions, as well as eight misdemeanor convictions.

He has been charged with over 32 felonies in his lifetime, according to WFTV.

“This is a bad dude, who almost killed one of our sheriff's deputies on the side of the road," Sheriff Lemma noted.

Rudolph now faces a multitude of new offenses, including aggravated assault and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, the sheriff told the Orlando Sentinel.

You can watch bodycam and dashcam footage of Deputy Blais’ encounter with Rudolph in the video below:

Comments (60)
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scwinborne01
scwinborne01

Why is he even out? He's supposed to be in jail/PRISON FOR ALL those felonies!! NO JOKE!!!! Put him away before he kills somebody!!!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Set your watch, Boogers coming to the defense of the felon and going to chastise the officers actions in 3, 2, 1........

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Ever notice how willing these career felons' family members are always so willing to help them escape right after they commit their crimes?

The Creater
The Creater

Maybe it's my teaching comprehension, but I didn't read she the daughter wad charged with accessory after the fact.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

15 prior FELONY CONVICTIONS!!!! Wtf was he even doing out of prison???? Smfh

RB2207
RB2207

Should have shot him.

Betorn
Betorn

“I don’t know how many rounds were fired into the car, but it was probably not enough,” Sheriff Lemma said. What a shame there.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is an example of how well our judicial system works. 32 previous felonies, 15 convictions, yet he is still free to terrorize...I'll put money on some state attorney giving him probation for trying to kill the deputy. Democrat are lining up to defend his actions because he is a poor black man living in a white mans world.

FallenAngelY2K
FallenAngelY2K

I don't know if this isa good thing or not, I could put a bullet in between his eyes and go to Farrell's for some ice cream and go to sleep and wake up fresh in the morning.

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Obama's legacy the emboldened thugs and the war on cops.....

Just another one of Obama's sons behaving badly....

Thank a Democrat for the emboldened thugs and the war on cops...

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies.  Thugs, criminals, MS13, Porn Stars, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution,  laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

not to step on the usual troll's comments, but why did the officer grab onto the car door, when he could have let go and chased him with his patrol car? I understand he was doing his job, but it appears that this could have been handled a little differently. Note: this has nothing to do with race, however it is very clear that the driver deserves to go back to prison and is still a danger to society.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This asshole should have been in jail. Not out driving around trying to kill police officers. Hopefully he goes away for a very long time.

Aco1979
Aco1979

Should have shot the A-Hole in the face, over and over again!

FallenAngelY2K
FallenAngelY2K

If the prisons are overcrowding like the way dog pounds are and they euthanize animals because of it, then they should be euthanized also instead of letting them go free to continue distributing drugs that are killing others, killing others with drive-by's over territory that isn't even theirs in the first place, sucking funds from the welfare system from those that really do need it.... list goes on. Just euthanize this fkr and the rest of 'em and get it over with. There are times you just have to let morals and ethical bullshit go and do what's actually right for the rest of society.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Should of taken that smug ass "who me"face right off his shoulders !

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"as he clung onto the driver’s side of Rudolph’s vehicle.". Should be fired for that. Unforgivably unsafe tactics.

Mic911
Mic911

POS shold still be locked up!! Deputy should have shot him, not in the leg, as soon as he took off. Not bashing LEO's here, but is it lately we have seen a lot of LEO's been dragged by vehicles lately? My training decades ago was never, never, ever reach inside a suspects vehicle for any reason!!! Especially while the ignition is on ..And Booger, shut your pie hole and don't even say a f'n word here!!!

SDLucas
SDLucas

15 felony convictions out of 32 charges? Why ain't he in jail? Guy's batting better than .500! Court's and prosecutors, not so much; they seem to be doing a pretty poor job of their part of making our communities safer and of reducing the daily danger to LEO's poised by career criminals like this. And of course, all those gun-control measures are sure helping, aren't they (snark)?

Piewacket
Piewacket

NEVER let him out of prison or the DEATH penalty for attempted murder of a police officer. He shouldn't have been out in the first place! Just watch someone will try to make this about race!!!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

“I didn’t do anything!” Rudolph wailed. Wrong! You failed to comply with the deputy's orders and there is the little thing of attempted murder. Relieved that Deputy Blais will be okay.

TroyS
TroyS

cop should have put 2 in the morons head after the first time he tried to drive off

Scattered
Scattered

What a truly gut wrenching video. So much could have gone wrong for this brave LEO. God Bless him. As for this maniac not breathing sounds like a great idea!!!

Caprice56
Caprice56

What is we No with this picture? 15 felonies? 32 Felony charges? Why is he out of jail? This is ridiculous. He had nothing to lose. The officer had everything to lose.

Marine.001
Marine.001

What the heck happened to 3 strikes

bronx163
bronx163

Straight up war on police. Thank obama when he started it.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

15 prior Felony convictions... Another upstanding citizen, I guess.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

How does such an upstanding citizen afford an Escalade while us working folk with no record and 800+ credit drive Fords and Chevys?

vwiles34
vwiles34

What happened to the three strikes law? This guy should have been imprisoned for life long ago.

TxFlgirl
TxFlgirl

I didn’t read any posts yet, so I don’t know if anyone else thinks the daughter should get arrested? Or was she?