- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - A man has been taken into custody in Decatur after they say he led officers on a high-speed chase, climbed onto a catwalk under a bridge that spans the Tennessee River and fired shots at officers, authorities said early Saturday.

He was apprehended between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Decatur police Lt. John Crouch said.

Police say the Somerville man led them on a high-speed chase that began around 3 a.m. Saturday in Madison County and ended on the bridge.

The ensuing standoff led authorities to close all lanes of the Hudson Memorial Bridge — which carries traffic on U.S. Highway 31 —around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, The Decatur Daily reported (https://bit.ly/1aSC9sx). With help from the U.S. Coast Guard, river traffic was also stopped during the ordeal.

The suspect used a handgun to fired shots at officers two times during the ordeal, Crouch said. Gunfire struck two Madison Police Department cars, but no one was hit by the shots.

At one point, the chase led to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center off Interstate 565 in Huntsville, where the suspect crashed into two gates and fired several shots at officers, Crouch said.

The suspect had driven west on the interstate and continued on U.S. 31 South, heading south on the bridge using the northbound lanes, police said.

He then abandoned his Ford Lincoln on the northbound span of the bridge and fired shots at officers before crawling over the railing and onto the structure underneath the bridge, Crouch said.

The suspect at some point began speaking to negotiators, who established a dialogue with him, Crouch said.

He was taken into custody by Madison County authorities and taken to Huntsville Hospital to be examined for exposure to the cold weather.

The bridge reopened to traffic shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday.


Information from: The Decatur Daily, https://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml



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