Man accused of shooting Double Springs police officer dies in jail

Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 4:22 PM CST
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WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - A man accused of shooting a Double Springs police officer during a standoff has died in jail, according to the Winston Co. coroner.

Jeffrey Lee Adair was arrested on January 17. He was pronounced dead January 20. The cause of death is still under investigation.

The Winston County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement to WBRC Friday afternoon.

Adair was charged with a string of crimes for the incident on Jan 17.

Double Springs Police were dispatched to a call of a reckless driver Tuesday night. Officers arrived and observed Adair driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police say they attempted a traffic stop and followed Adair for 10 miles with sirens and lights.

Winston County deputies attempted to cut him off. He then rammed a deputy and crashed.

Adair started firing at officers from his car, according to police. A three-hour standoff occurred before he surrendered.

A Double Springs police officer was shot in the hand and underwent surgery at UAB Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Police say Adair was shot in the left arm. He was taken to the hospital.

When he was released from the hospital, Adair was taken to Winston County Jail.

Court documents show Adair was charged with attempted murder and his bond is set at $1 million.

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