Standoff Suspect Now Charged with Attempted Murder
MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has now released more details on how the standoff Saturday morning in Decatur began. They say a Madison County deputy tried to pull over James Huber, 40, near Sullivan Street in Madison around 3am.
Deputies say Huber refused to obey requests for him to stop and led them to the area of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. They say Huber then led them on a chase all the way to the river bridge in Decatur where the standoff began. Deputies say throughout the chase, Huber was firing shots at them.
He’s now been charged with attempted murder.
Huber has numerous previous charges including harassment, criminal trespassing and being a fugitive from justice.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin tells WHNT News 19 that James Huber, the man arrested in Saturday morning’s chase and standoff, is the husband of a woman killed earlier this month in Somerville.
Sheriff’s deputies found Melissa Huber dead at her Somerville home back on January 5. James Huber is not a suspect in his wife’s killing, but Sheriff Franklin says he has been extremely distraught since her death.
Franklin did say that the couple’s daughter, Christina Huber, 22, is a person of interest in that investigation. She says Christina Huber is already in jail on another charge.
The sheriff says that James Huber could face attempted murder charges because she says he fired shots at officers on the Highway 31 bridge in Decatur.
Traffic on the Highway 31 Bridge between Limestone and Morgan Counties has been re-opened to vehicle traffic following the standoff.
DETAILS AS OF 9:30AM
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.
Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department told WHNT News 19 that the man’s name is James Huber. Crouch said Huber was spotted by law enforcement at an apartment complex in Madison County Friday night. Crouch said when law enforcement tried to stop him, he took off and started the pursuit. He drove through several gates at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and wound up going west in the easbound lanes of Interstate 565. Crouch said when Huber got to the bridge, it was barricaded. So, he climbed down the side to take shelter underneath.
While the standoff is over and the man is in custody, the Highway 31 Bridge has not yet re-opened to vehicle traffic. We don’t know yet when traffic will resume.
WHNT News 19 has been on the scene since early this morning and is continuing to update this breaking news story as we gather more information. Read the original story by clicking here.