Man Shot by Deputies After Two County Chase Paralyzed, Remains Uncharged
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The man Madison County Sheriff’s investigators say prompted deputies on a chase through two counties before being shot on Jeff Rd. in January has not been charged due to his ongoing medical treatment.
Dexter Lee Fair, 21, of Harvest remains on a ventilator after being shot in the neck by deputies.
Sgt. Brian Chaffin with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office stated that Fair rammed two patrol cars and attempted to run over another deputy. The deputies, fearing for their lives, fired shots at Fair.
If Fair’s condition improves, he could face attempted murder charges for trying to run over the deputy. Fair could also face charges of attempting to elude police and burglary.
Sgt. Chaffin said Fair tried to burglarize a home 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. Deputies followed and then say Fair turned back on to Jeff Road.
Authorities say the pursuit continued north where Fair 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 was taken to Huntsville Hospital for surgery. Sgt. Chaffin said it was unclear where Fair was hit by the gunshots.