Morgan County Sheriff’s Office: Suspect fired shots at deputies during stolen vehicle chase

Eric Thomas was arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase on I-65 that began near...
Eric Thomas was arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase on I-65 that began near Nashville and ended in Morgan County.(Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 8, 2023 at 7:26 AM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2023 at 3:48 PM CDT
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MORGAN Co., Ala. (WAFF) - A suspect in an alleged stolen vehicle chase fired shots at deputies on Monday morning, according to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Deputies received reports of a female walking on Perkins Wood Rd. in Somerville earlier on the morning of May 8. She told deputies her vehicle had just been stolen.

The deputies located the vehicle matching the description and attempted a traffic stop. The driver failed to stop and tried to elude, according to deputies. During the pursuit, the subject shot at deputies from the car. Deputies did not return fire at the subject.

The vehicle stopped at a residence on Wilson Mountain Rd. where the subject attempted to flee on foot. The subject was apprehended by a K9 unit near the Wilson Mountain Rd. residence. A firearm was recovered at the scene as well.

According to a Facebook post by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested and charged Eric Thomas, 29, after he allegedly shot at police during a vehicle chase.

Thomas was charged with attempted murder and first-degree robbery. He was taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital for treatment and then taken to the Morgan County Jail.

Law enforcement urges people in the area to use caution on Wilson Mountain Rd. due to the large police presence. The scene is secure at this time.

Nothing further is available at this time.

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