JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A suspect in a standoff is in critical condition after reportedly shooting himself in the head.
According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jerome Lamar Wright, 22, was spotted driving a stolen vehicle on Highway 71 in Rosalie. The vehicle, a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, had been reported stolen Wednesday evening.
A deputy sheriff located the stolen vehicle and began chasing the suspect. The chase was short; it ended when Wright stopped due to engine trouble. According to the news release, the deputy approached the vehicle and noticed Wright was holding a gun to his head. After a 4 hour standoff and numerous attempts to talk the suspect into surrendering, Wright reportedly shot himself in the head while still seated in the car.
Wright was transported by medical helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, and is in critical condition.
Wright was wanted in Jackson County for burglary, theft of property, drug, criminal mischief, and harassment charges.