Teen arrested in Huntsville carjacking, chase, gunfire exchange

Teen arrested in Huntsville carjacking, chase, gunfire exchange
Huntsville Police on the scene at Oakwood Avenue near Pulaski Pike after shots are fired during a chase (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville police have arrested a 15-year-old after trading gunfire with suspects during an overnight car chase.

It all started around 1 a.m. Thursday morning when an officer tried to pull over a Dodge Challenger in north Huntsville. Police say the car was stolen during a robbery on Wednesday and there was a “be on the lookout” notice posted for it.

Police say the car refused to stop. During the chase, investigators say a passenger in the car leaned out the window and fired shots at the officers. Officers fired back.

According to Huntsville Police spokesman Lt. Michael Johnson, it appears as though no one was hit.

“We believe, we’re pretty sure it was one of the passengers that fired those shots first at our officer. Our officer exchanged at least one gunshot back.” Johnson said.

Police put down spike strips at Pulaski Pike and Poplar Avenue. The spikes took out at least one tire, and the car continued for several blocks before stopping near Laverne Drive and Euclid Avenue.

The teen is charged with first-degree robbery for the carjacking.

The investigation is ongoing. If you know anything regarding this case, please call Huntsville police at 256-427-7270.

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