Man charged with attempted murder following road rage incident, Hoover officer-involved shooting

Published: Oct. 16, 2022 at 1:21 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2022 at 3:25 PM CDT
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HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - The Hoover Police Department identified the suspect who is accused of shooting a Hoover police officer as 31-year-old Evan Rashad Lucas.

Lucas is in custody after a road rage incident, followed by shooting a Hoover Police officer on Oct. 16, 2022.

Authorities say officers responded to a shooting on I-459 North where a motorist said that multiple shots were fired at his car with his family inside. There was no one injured in the shooting.

Police say Lucas was charged with three counts of attempted murder related to the victims on the interstate. The bonds issued in that case total $1.5 million. Lucas is currently in custody receiving medical treatment and will be transported to the Jefferson County Jail upon his discharge.

After being given the suspect’s vehicle information, officers found the potential suspect at the Hills at Hoover apartment complex. Officers said the suspect then produced a weapon and began shooting at the officers. One officer was shot multiple times in both arms. The officer was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Police then shot back at the suspect, who was struck in the arm.

The suspect then went into an apartment in the 3600 building at the Hills at Hoover apartment complex. The suspect voluntarily left the apartment after hours of negotiations, and was taken into custody and taken to the hospital. Authorities have lifted a shelter in place for the Hills at Hoover apartment complex.

“You’re really not safe wherever you go,” said Angel Thomas. “You have to just be aware of your surroundings at all times.”

She is a resident at The Hills at Hoover with her son Sebastian who heard police sirens Sunday afternoon.

“Why are there sirens? So I go to investigate and I just see cops everywhere,” he explained.

The two say they weren’t really shocked by the officer-involved shooting, especially this day and age. Angel said she recently was devastated by another Hoover shooting just a few weeks ago that killed her friend.

“Well Lauren was just killed in her apartment, what? Two weeks ago,” she said. “I thought this would be a safer area for my children to go to school but everywhere there’s going to be crime so you can’t really predict it. You just have to go with it and be as safe as you can.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has been contacted to conduct an investigation into the incident, because the officers discharged their weapons.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato released a statement regarding this shooting.

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