Jasper police, deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office and a Sumiton officer helped track down the suspect whose name is being withheld because he is a minor.
Adamsville Police Chief R.W. Carter said the suspect, a black male, carjacked a vehicle in Adamsville at the intersection of U.S. 78 and Pratt Highway. The suspect attempted at gunpoint to kidnap a female occupant of the car, Carter said, but the woman’s husband was able to get her out of the car and the suspect sped off down the highway.
Carter said the victims called police just after the incident occurred. He said the suspect fled from Adamsville officers and at one point tried to ram the rear of a patrol car.
Jasper Police Chief Connie Rowe said the suspect fled from Adamsville to just inside the Jasper city limits where he abandoned his vehicle in the median of Highway 118 between the BP gas station and Dollar General. Rowe said the suspect fled on foot into the woods in the area of the Domain Mobile Home Community off Arrow Road.
The suspect hid in an abandoned barn for a time before trying to flee officers again, Rowe said. Jasper officers assisted in taking down the suspect. Rowe said the suspect was armed and two shots were fired from a shotgun by an Adamsville police officer before the suspect was taken into custody.
Carter said the suspect raised his weapon toward the Adamsville officer before he fired.
Rowe, whose first day as police chief was Wednesday, said she could not have been more pleased with Jasper officers’ response to the situation.
“It was an excellent response,” she said. “Our evening shift officers did an outstanding job in reacting to the situation and could not have received better direction than what they got from Capt. Dennis Corbell and Lt. Paul Thompson.”
Rowe said an off-duty Jasper officer even responded to the scene.
“Our guys showed great effort and professionalism,” she said. “It was also a great example of multiple law enforcement agencies working together.”
The suspect is currently in the Adamsville City Jail awaiting formal charges.
Carter said the suspect will face charges that include first-degree robbery and attempted kidnapping.