NORTH ALABAMA, Ala. (WHNT) -WHNT News 19 crews on the scene of a standoff at the Highway 31 Bridge over the Tennessee River have visual confirmation that law enforcement officers have a man in custody. The standoff lasted several hours, possibly starting as early as 4:00 AM Saturday.
WHNT News 19 is on the scene of breaking news this Saturday morning. Right now, the Highway 31 Bridge over the Tennessee River between Limestone and Morgan Counties is closed. The bridge is closed in both directions. Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene.
The situation started shortly after three o’clock Saturday morning. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a high speed chase on Interstate 565.
Our overnight news crew followed the details of the chase as it unfolded by listening to the radio traffic on police scanners.
The details are still unfolding. But, we know that they pursued a vehicle going westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-565.
WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker is on the scene. He reports that the man deputies pursued abandoned his vehicle and has crawled onto one of the pillars underneath the bridge. He also reports that the person shot at officers at some point during the pursuit.
Alabama State Troopers confirm that Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Decatur Police, and the Alabama Marine Police are all on the scene.
Our crews on the scene also confirm that there are police boats, SWAT teams and a law enforcement helicopter involved in bringing this to an end.
The Hudson Memorial Bridge (Highway 31) is still closed to all traffic in both directions. Law enforcement advise that if you have to travel from Decatur to Huntsville, the best route is to go down Highway 67 to Priceville and get on Interstate 65 from there. The reverse applies if you are travelling from Madison or Limestone Counties to Decatur and points west.
We have multiple crews on the scene and are following along closely and aggressively trying to gather more information on this breaking news story.
Tune into coverage on WHNT News 19 Saturday Morning between 6-8:30 a.m. and keep checking back on WHNT.com. We’re also updating the story on social media.