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Huntsville man shot at by state trooper after hitting trooper with his car

Troopers are investigating the location where the incident started at Madison Pike and I-565. (Source: WAFF Staff) Troopers are investigating the location where the incident started at Madison Pike and I-565. (Source: WAFF Staff)
Police responded to the home on Friday morning. (Source: WAFF staff) Police responded to the home on Friday morning. (Source: WAFF staff)
An ambulance left the scene with a police escort. (Source: WAFF Staff) An ambulance left the scene with a police escort. (Source: WAFF Staff)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - One man is in the hospital after being shot at by a state trooper on Friday morning during a traffic stop on I-565 in Huntsville.

The incident started as a traffic stop by an Alabama state trooper on I-565, according to state troopers. Jonathan Mackovjak was speeding at over 100 miles per hour when he was pulled over. Mackovjak then hit the trooper with his car. The state trooper fired a shot, striking Mackovjak, according to Trooper Curtis Summerville, with ALEA. 

Mackovjak then led officers to a home on Esslinger Circle, where multiple officers, armed with rifles, responded. Mackovjak was taken into custody by police.

Sources tell WAFF 48 that Mackovjak was suffering from a gunshot wound to the cheek when he was taken by ambulance to Huntsville Hospital with a police escort. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening. 

Police were on scene at the residence on Esslinger Drive on Friday afternoon looking at a car in the driveway. As the car was towed from the scene, two large bullet holes could be seen in its side. Police shut down Esslinger Drive at Hickory Hill Drive for about 45 minutes on Friday. Esslinger Court is just south of Valley Hill Golf and Country Club.

Troopers were also at Madison Pike and I-565 investigating where the incident started and the shots were fired. 

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Summerville said some of the trooper vehicles have dash cams while others do not. It is unclear at this time if a body cam was used during this incident. 

Summerville also said there is a possibility for different charges since Mackovjak did hit a trooper with his vehicle. Summerville said the charges may come from them or from the district attorney's office. 

"Our jobs are high-risk jobs," Summerville said. "This is something we fear on a daily basis." 

Summerville said high-speed chases can be dangerous for the public, officers involved, and the driver. 

The investigation is still ongoing as they look into every aspect of the incident. 

"We are glad no officers were injured at this time, and we appreciate all the help we got from the public," Summerville said. 

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting further investigation into this incident. Initially troopers thought Mackovjak sustained a gunshot wound, but they are now looking into that further to see if his injuries resulted from a gunshot.

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