CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Investigators have cleared the scene of an officer-involved shooting, nearly 24 hours after a chase led to a confrontation with the suspects and gunfire Sunday afternoon.
One man was killed and an Arab police officer was flown to Huntsville Hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound.
Multiple units including state troopers were called to County Road 1825 near the Marshall-Cullman County Line.
Police confirmed a suspect was fatally wounded, and that an officer, Jeff "Preacher" Warren, was injured.
The suspect was identified as Christopher Ray Tompkins, 36, of Arab. Tompkins died from a gunshot wound, according to the Cullman County coroner.
According to a woman who asked not to be identified, Warren was responding to suspects who stole her vehicle.
The woman said her husband jumped into an ATV in pursuit of the stolen pickup truck, and a suspect fired two shots at him.
Via an iPhone app, the woman was able to track the vehicle's location, and passed the information on to Warren, who took up the pursuit, along with Marshall County deputies.
Guntersville police said that two suspects were located near a set of poultry houses off of County Road 1825.
Police and deputies confronted the suspects and gunfire erupted, wounding Warren.
Guntersville police confirmed Monday that a female suspect was arrested in connection with the vehicle theft. Police identified the woman as Sissy Amanda Vaughn. She is charged with first-degree theft of property.
"There are pending charges against her," said Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston. "She is still in custody; there are no other individuals that are involved that we are aware of right now."
Warren was going to be flown to Birmingham for treatment, but officials said his condition was such that they could fly him to Huntsville instead.
After undergoing surgery Sunday night, Warren was released, according to Arab police.
The Arab Police Department noted on their Facebook page that Warren was promoted to the rank of corporal in May.
Representative Robert Aderholt said in a Tweet Sunday night, "My thoughts and prayers with the Arab Police officer hurt tonight in Cullman County. Police officers have my utmost respect." He added the hashtag #ThinBlueLine.
The State Bureau of Investigation is also working the scene. ALEA is leading the investigation.
Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock said the legal authority in the case would likely rest with Cullman County because the shooting took place within that jurisdiction.
The investigation caused a blockage of County Road 1825, preventing some from accessing their homes. Arrangements were made for those who couldn't get home.
Four Arab police officers and three Guntersville officers are on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, as per protocol.
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