Sheriff's officials say around 3:30 a.m., 28-year-old Lamarr Murphy and 27-year-old Sammie Lee Mebane Jr. were walking along the side of the road when a sheriff's deputy investigating a breaking and entering case spotted them. As the deputy started to question them, one of the men allegedly pulled out a gun and fired.
The deputy was hit in the belt around his waist that holds his weapon and other equipment, but was not injured. The incident sparked an intense manhunt - deputies with weapons and helicopters scanning the ground.
More than five hours later, officials arrested the men.
Both are charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by felon, and assault on a law enforcement officer.
Murphy's bond is set at $2 million and Mebane's at $1 million.