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Man charged with attempted murder after police shootout in Huntsville

Jeremy Hampton (Source: Madison County Jail) Jeremy Hampton (Source: Madison County Jail)
Scene of Huntsville police shootout near Sparkman Drive and Warrior Drive (Source: WAFF) Scene of Huntsville police shootout near Sparkman Drive and Warrior Drive (Source: WAFF)
Huntsville police set up a crime scene at Sparkman Drive and Warrior Drive. (Source: WAFF) Huntsville police set up a crime scene at Sparkman Drive and Warrior Drive. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville police have charged one suspect and are interviewing two others in connection to a shootout in north Huntsville Wednesday afternoon.

Officers say they tried to pull a vehicle over at the intersection of Sparkman Drive and Blue Spring Road at about 4:30 p.m. They said the driver refused to stop. They pursued the vehicle west on Sparkman Drive until it stopped at the intersection of Warrior Drive and Mercedes Avenue.

Police say the driver exited his vehicle and fired shots at officers with a handgun. Officers returned fire, and the driver fled the area on foot. No one was injured.

Officers chased the driver on foot but lost him in the area. Two male passengers left the area in the offender’s vehicle but were later located in the 3600 block of Kenard Avenue.

Assisting officers responded and completely locked down the neighborhood. K-9 teams were deployed and an extensive search was conducted in the area.

The driver was located by a K-9 team hiding in a concrete drainage culvert in the area of Thornhill Road and Del Ray Avenue. He was taken into custody without injuries.

All three subjects were transported to the south precinct for further investigation.

Police identified the driver as Jeremy Isiah Hampton, 27. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer. He also has a pending arrest warrant for first-degree robbery.

The two passenger are still being questioned. It is not yet known if they will be charged.

The two Huntsville police officers who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation and outcome of a shooting review board, which is standard protocol.

Police say the incident is still under investigation and more details will be made available at a later time.

Hampton is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond because of a parole violation.

Court records show Hampton took a plea deal in 2009 after he was arrested for robbing a man of his wallet in Huntsville.

Bill Davis, president of the North Alabama Fraternal Order of Police and a retired Huntsville officer, called the shooting reckless.

"When you're firing in an open situation like that you don't know where those bullets are going to go," he said.

Davis believes the daily briefings every Huntsville officer has at the start of shift is likely focused now on staying safe during traffic stops because, while Wednesday's incident is rare, the threat is always there.

"You never know what that person is going to have. You have to be on guard,. You have to be vigilant," said Davis.

He said Hampton and his two passengers are lucky they weren't hit when officers returned fire.

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