A repeat criminal offender is facing four additional attempted murder charges stemming from a Fultondale police chase and subsequent shootout that led to a manhunt, according to AL.com. With these new charges, the suspect now faces six counts of attempted murder; robbery; kidnapping; armed burglary; and four counts of felony probation violation. The suspect is currently being held without bond at the Jefferson County Jail.
The incident began when a Fultondale Estates resident noticed a man in his driveway as he was leaving for work around 4:00 AM. After confronting the suspect, who the man believed was breaking into cars, the man also called 911. When an officer responded to the call, the suspect fled in a vehicle that the suspect crashed into a yard shortly thereafter. The suspect proceeded to exit the vehicle and flee on foot, firing a shot at the responding officer.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, Gardendale police officers, and Birmingham police officers responded to the scene to assist in tracking down the suspect. Eventually, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, also joined in the search for the missing suspect. Helicopters, tracking dogs, and SWAT officers were used in the manhunt, too. The suspect then allegedly perpetrated a home invasion where he robbed a family of their car keys at gunpoint, but was blocked in by police while trying to escape. At this point, the suspect fired at responding officers and fled into the woods. Law enforcement officials eventually found him in the woods several hours later where shots were again exchanged between the officers and the suspect, wounding the suspect who was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.
The suspect in this case has a lengthy criminal history stretching back to 1987. Some of his previous charges include:
- Possession of a controlled substance (2014 and 2016);
- Misdemeanor criminal trespassing (2013);
- Second-degree assault and felony escape (1988); and
- Two counts of burglary (1987).
Even while in jail for previous offenses, the suspect was convicted of promoting prison contraband and being an inmate in possession of a cell phone. These smuggling charges resulted in double prison sentences of 10 years with two to serve.
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