Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Monday night when an Alabama State Trooper attempted to stop a van on Highway 195. The driver of the van sped down the road for several miles. Believing to have the van cornered, the officer left his vehicle at a residence near Albert Windham Road and the driver ran through a yard, almost hitting the officer who drew his gun and fired several shots.
At least two of the vehicle’s tires were hit by the officer’s gun shots, causing the driver and two passengers to flee the vehicle on foot near Myers Road. Officers with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene to search for the suspects. Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said a helicopter as well as dogs were used to track down the suspects.
Adair said Tara Rachelle Wright, 29, of Nauvoo is in the Walker County Jail facing a felony eluding charge and could face an attempted murder charge after Monday night’s events.
“The case has already been reviewed today by the Department of Public Safety and ABI, and the shooting was justified,” Adair said. “We are currently gathering more information, and the charges could be upgraded soon to attempted murder.”
Adair said the two passengers in the van, both women, could also face charges. He said the women were being interviewed by police Tuesday afternoon but would not release their names because they had not been charged with a crime.