UPDATE: Man in custody after intense standoff with officers in Colbert County

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The man in custody is pictured in the center of the photo. He is wearing a tan shirt and has a beard, and he is handcuffed. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)


COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities say a man who led law enforcement officers on a chase earlier today, and then a standoff, is in custody.  He is alive and no officers were injured.

The scene was on Old Highway 20, west of Leighton.  The suspect reportedly had a pistol as several law enforcement agencies negotiated with him.  They arrested him around 3:30 p.m.

Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said the man was said to have been drinking prior to the incident, making his actions unpredictable and dangerous for all the agencies who responded.

The situation started as a traffic stop in Rogersville earlier Thursday.  The chase began at that point, going in to Colbert County and ending along Old Highway 20 near Hereford Lane.

Sheriff Williamson was thankful the man did not get into city limits, thanks to the help from surrounding police departments and the FBI.