MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls has identified the man who shot himself on Wednesday after a deputy spotted him.
Eric Daniel Warden, 23, of Albertville, is undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.
Sheriff Walls said investigators were looking for Warden to talk with him about a previous shooting. The victim in that incident said Warden had shot him in the leg, although he didn’t report it for several days.
Warden is also allegedly connected to an incident last month. On January 31, sheriff’s investigators got behind two stolen vehicles in the Pleasant Grove area of Marshall County. Sheriff Walls said deputies tried to stop the drivers, but they kept going. The chase ended in Blount County.
One person was caught, Phillip Nathan Pointer, 39, of Crossville. He is still being held in the Marshall County Jail.
Sheriff Walls said Warden is believed to be the other driver from that night. He allegedly left his car in a wooded area and ran.
Investigators got information on Wednesday, February 27 that Warden was in the area of Sampson Road near Albertville. Just before 1 p.m. a deputy spotted Warden driving a Chevrolet truck, and Warden turned into a random driveway on Sampson Road.
The deputy said Warden shot himself inside the truck as the deputy walked up to it.
Sheriff Walls has asked the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to look into Wednesday’s incident.