Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department along with an Alabama State Trooper attempted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by a subject who had multiple felony warrants for his arrest. The subject did not stop leading officers on a chase for several miles on multiple roads in the Broomtown and Waterloo Communities. According to a statement issued by the Sheriff’s department, the subject finally stopped the vehicle on county road 89 and refused to exit the vehicle. He had a gun pointed to his head. After a brief standoff with officers, the subject fired the weapon sustaining a gunshot wound.
Atrium EMS was called to the scene to administer treatment for the wound but the subject died at the scene. Cherokee County Coroner, Paul McDonald, was called to conduct an investigation.
Chief Deputy Josh Summerford told WEIS News, the DeKalb County Sheriff Office Special Response Team provided assistance at the scene. The JSU Center for Applied Forensics Critical Incident Response Team was also called to investigate the incident.
FROM WEIS radio