ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — A Nash County deputy was shot multiple times along Interstate 95 southbound and a suspect was taken into custody, Sheriff Keith Stone confirmed.

UPDATE: Nash County deputy shot multiple times is ‘in good spirits’ in the hospital, officials say

It happened Thursday around 9:30 a.m. on I-95 southbound, north of Rocky Mount at mile marker 145.

According to the sheriff, one of the Nash County criminal addiction units was working traffic on I-95 when a 2008 Mercedes Benz with Florida tags was speeding.

Deputy Shelby Smith then attempted to stop the car to issue a warning citation. When the deputy attempted to get the driver’s license from the lone occupant of the car, the man, identified as Jarred Ford, 33 of St. Petersburg, Florida, handed the deputy a forged license.

The sheriff said Smith determined there was criminal activity during the traffic stop and called a K9 unit to the scene.

Jarred Ford

Deputy William Toney, a K9 handler, came up to the vehicle and asked the driver to get out of the car. A conversation ensued and that’s when Ford brandished a firearm and started shooting, striking Toney three or four times, the sheriff said.

Smith returned fire and the suspect made his way into a ditch, losing his weapon, Stone said.

Smith held Ford at gunpoint until additional units could arrive on scene, Stone said.

UPDATE: Nash County deputy shot multiple times is ‘in good spirits’ in the hospital, officials say

Toney was suffering from several gunshot wounds and actively bleeding when additional units arrived on scene. Ford also had a gunshot wound and first aid was immediately administered to Toney and Ford, the sheriff said.

Toney was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he was taken into surgery, the sheriff said. Ford was also hospitalized at Vidant.

Photo from the scene (Sky Eye 17)

Ford has a lengthy criminal history, ranging from strangulation charges to drug trafficking, Stone said.

The K9 was inside the patrol vehicle during the incident and was not harmed, Stone said.

Photo from the scene