HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A man tried and failed to shoot an officer tonight, according to Huntsville police.
65-year-old Troy Lynn Lewis is now charged with attempted murder.
Officers say they were checking out a vehicle that was stopped in the road, near Triana Boulevard and Westmill Drive.
Investigators tell us the officer’s in-car and body worn camera footage showed the responding officer arriving on scene of the reported disturbance, as Lewis was sitting in his vehicle.
The officer made contact with Lewis and he answered brief questions and seemed to be listening. During this contact, the officer suspected he was possibly under the influence (DUI).
While waiting on a back-up officer to arrive, the officer returned to his patrol car. Lewis then pulled a weapon out of his front pants pocket ambushing the officer firing 6 rounds in just 3 seconds, giving the officer no time but to seek cover. One of those rounds struck the open driver’s door of the patrol car.
Immediately after the last round was fired, Lewis got back in his vehicle and sped off. A vehicle pursuit ensued. Lewis attempted to get out of his vehicle at the end of the pursuit without putting it in park and flee on foot.
He was struck by his own moving vehicle causing him to fall and sustain minor injuries. Officers were able to get him into custody at that time. The weapon was found on scene.
Police chased Lewis and caught up with him near Bob Wallace Avenue and Leeman Ferry Road.
Investigators tell us Lewis has been hospitalized since the incident. While being treated for those minor injuries from the incident, other pre-existing medical conditions prompted his need to be admitted for additional treatment.
The case is still under investigation.