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Former Army Private charged with shooting 2 law enforcement officers

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The first shooting happened at the Citgo on 431. The first shooting happened at the Citgo on 431.
Madison County Deputy Brent Beavers.  Source: Facebook Madison County Deputy Brent Beavers. Source: Facebook
Fayetteville Police Officer Justin Raby (Source: Fayetteville Police Department) Fayetteville Police Officer Justin Raby (Source: Fayetteville Police Department)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A former military member has been charged with shooting a Madison County Sheriff's deputy and a Fayetteville, Tennessee police officer.

It started as an armed robbery at the Super Stop on Moores Mill Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Investigators said the suspect, 23-year-old Joseph Scott Shriver of El Paso, Texas, fired a shot into the building then took off.

Madison County deputy Brent Beavers spotted the suspect's vehicle and attempted to stop him at the Citgo on 431 at Joe Quick. The suspect fired off 12 to 15 rounds with an assault rifle and shot the deputy in the face.

Beavers was taken to Huntsville Hospital and underwent surgery. Deputies led the way as the ambulance transported him to the hospital. Huntsville Hospital said Beavers is in serious condition.

Beavers has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Department for two and a half years. Sheriff Dorning said he did not return fire on the suspect, but was able to call for help and give a description of the vehicle.

About an hour after the first shooting, deputies and officers rushed to the scene of another shooting in Lincoln County, Tennessee where a police officer, Justin Raby, was shot by a suspect with a matching description.

He was also taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was treated and released.

Sheriff Dorning said Shriver ditched his car on Highway 110 between Fayetteville and Ardmore, TN. Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies took him into custody. 

Investigators searched the vehicle and found weapons. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is taking over that part of the case.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Sheriff Dorning said it was a tremendous effort by area law enforcement agencies to apprehend this subject. He said Huntsville Police, Madison County Sheriff's Deputies, Lincoln County, Tennessee Sheriff's office and Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it's unclear what Shriver was doing in Alabama.

We spoke to the Army about Shriver's military connection.  They released the following information:

Name: Joseph Scott Shriver
Rank: Private
MOS: 11B Infantryman
Entry Date: 6Mar2008
Termination of Service: 4Apr 2011
Assignments: Fort Bliss, Texas
Deployments: Iraq - 18Nov2009 to 21Aug2010 

Shriver was charged in Tennessee with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm, evading police and vandalism. His bond has been set at more than one million dollars. His first court appearance is scheduled for December 1st.

He will be charged in Madison County at a later date.

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*This story has been updated.  The story previously stated that Shriver was an active military member.

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