Domestic violence suspect shot by Fort Payne police officer

Domestic violence suspect shot by Fort Payne police officer

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WAFF) - A domestic violence call Tuesday night ended with the suspect being shot by a Fort Payne police officer.

Police Chief Randy Bynum says officers responded to a domestic violence call on Fischer Road around 9:30 p.m. Police say the caller stated that there was a male attempting to pour gasoline on the female homeowner.

Bynum says when officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Jeffery Scott Johnson, had stolen a white minivan and left the scene. While officers were gathering information on the domestic call, Johnson came back by the residence, according to police.

Bynum says as officers tried to stop the vehicle, Johnson turned onto Dean Road and traveled approximately a mile, turning off his lights and traveling at a high rate of speed as he tried to elude officers. He then allegedly turned into a driveway then backed out to try to ram a Fort Payne police vehicle.

Johnson’s vehicle ended up in the ditch alongside Dean Road.

Bynum says a Fort Payne officer attempted to get Johnson to get out of the vehicle, but Johnson refused the officer’s commands and accelerated toward the officer.

“The Fort Payne Police Officer fired his service weapon at Mr. Johnson’s vehicle as he was in fear of being struck by Mr. Johnson,” Bynum said in a news release.

Johnson was struck by gunfire. He was treated at the scene then taken to Dekalb Regional where he was treated for his gunshot wounds. He was later airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Johnson is being charged with first-degree theft of property and second-degree domestic violence. Each charge has a $100,000 bond for a total of $200,000.

The investigation continues with more charges forthcoming, Bynum stated.

Bynum says the investigation teams consisted of Fort Payne Police Department Detectives, State Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville State Center for Applied Forensics Unit and Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office.

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