MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison County Sheriff's investigators say a man led deputies on a chase through two counties Thursday morning before being shot on Jeff Road.
Sgt. Brian Chaffin, with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, said 20-year-old Dexter Lee Fair is undergoing surgery at Huntsville Hospital. Fair is expected to survive.
Sgt. Chaffin said Fair tried to burglarize a home Thursday morning in Limestone County. The woman at home saw him through the window and scared him off, and then called 911. He drove off, and deputies spotted a car matching the description the woman gave them. Fair drove off in a tan Suzuki Forenza.
Limestone County Sheriff's deputies chased him into Madison County. The chase moved onto Old Railroad Bed Road, Capshaw Road and then Jeff Road. Sgt. Chaffin said Fair turned into a subdivision, led deputies through it and then turned back on to Jeff Road.
The pursuit continued north, and Chaffin rammed two patrol cars - one a marked car, and another unmarked vehicle belonging to an investigator. Fair then sped on and came to a stop near Carters Gin Road.
Sgt. Chaffin said Fair drove toward a deputy and tried to run him over. The deputy, fearing for his safety, fired shots. Another Limestone County deputy who was stopped also fired shots.
Fair sped off but ran into a ditch. Deputies rushed to the vehicle to check on Fair, and make sure he was not armed. They pulled him out of the car and administered medical aid until paramedics arrived, Sgt. Chaffin said.
Fair, of Harvest, was taken to Huntsville Hospital for surgery. Sgt. Chaffin said it was unclear where Fair was hit by the gunshots.
Sgt. Chaffin said Fair may face attempted murder charges for trying to run over the deputy. Fair is also suspected in other burglary cases.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said one of his deputies was taken to Athens Limestone Hospital for observation, but should be okay. The other deputy was not hurt.
Sparkman Middle School was placed on lockdown as a precaution just because of its close proximity to the scene. However, Sgt. Chaffin said the suspect never drove into the school parking lot, and never made any threats toward anyone there. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 12 p.m.