Fayetteville man charged with attempted murder of a police officer

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Fayetteville police today announced the arrest of a local man in connection with attempted capital murder.

Police said an officer spotted Jason Clampit, 34, of Fayetteville, rummaging through a vehicle at the North Street Mini-Mart, 758 W. North Street, at approximately 12:38 a.m. Tuesday. The officer recognized Clampit from an arrest last week in connection with eight charges including simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and aggravated assault after trying to stab a detective with a screwdriver.

When approached, the officer said Clampit reached for a large fixed-bladed knife in a sheath before attempting to flee. The officer deployed a taser causing Clampit to fall to the ground, but before the officer could arrest him, Clampit removed the knife from the sheath and attempted to stab the officer. After the officer drew his gun, Clampit then dropped the knife and fled on foot.

Police located Clampit 10 hours later after a vehicle he was traveling in was stopped on Interstate 49 near Wedington Drive at about 10:21 a.m. Clampit was arrested in connection with Attempted Capital Murder, Fleeing, Carrying a Weapon, Loitering and Resisting Arrest.

A circuit judge ordered Clampit’s bond revoked.