Shusta Gumbs (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Man sentenced for pinning U.S. Marshal between 2 cars in Atlanta

A man from the U.S. Virgin Islands was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years and six months in prison for slamming a car into a U.S. Marshal and pinning the deputy between two cars.

Shusta Traverse Gumbs, 40, was convicted of two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, opposing, resisting or interfering with four federal officers in December, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in a news release. 

On October 21, 2016, Gumbs had an active warrant in Douglas County for failing to appear for offenses of theft, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, Pak said.

U.S. Marshals Services’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERTF) members saw Gumbs stopped in a black car in a parking lot in Atlanta. 

The deputies surrounded his parked car, drew their firearms and ordered Gumbs to turn off and exit the vehicle, but Gumbs placed his vehicle in reverse and backed up, Pak said.

Gumbs hit the gas and used his vehicle to force his way past two of the officers’ parked vehicles, pinning a deputy between two vehicles in the process, Pak said. The deputy suffered a crushed thigh, knee, foot and ankle.

Gumbs then fled, striking a motorist’s vehicle, running a stop sign and red traffic light before evading authorities for four days. He was caught and arrested on October 25, 2016.

After Gumbs time in prison, he’ll serve three years of supervised release, Pak said.

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