A Fredericktown man was arrested Friday for unlawful use of a weapon after he threatened to shoot officers and dragged a deputy while trying to flee in a vehicle.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said deputies responded to a home on St. Louis Rock Road in Villa Ridge at 3 a.m. Friday, July 11, while investigating the theft of a vehicle. 

While deputies were at the home a vehicle pulled into the driveway and the driver and a passenger got out of the car.

The driver, Jason Mills, 36, tried to get back into the car and flee the scene as deputies approached the vehicle. Deputies ordered the man to stop, but he refused, Toelke said. 

Officers attempted to subdue Mills with a taser, but he continued to struggle and drove in reverse while dragging a deputy, authorities said.

A taser was deployed a second time but Mills continued to struggle. He broke free and attempted to flee on foot, Toelke said.

The suspect stated that he was going to shoot the deputies and while attempting to arrest the man, a deputy noticed a red laser dot on his face, Toelke said.

The laser was coming from a hand gun that the suspect was trying to remove from his pocket. The man was then pepper sprayed and deputies were able subdue the suspect and take the weapon, authorities said.

Mills had several warrants for his arrest including resisting arrest and probation violations. Deputies said he was in possession of a handgun and suspected drugs.

Toelke said Mills has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and authorities will seek other charges.