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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -Huntsville police were involved in a manhunt that started around 4:30 pm on Wednesday in the area of Sparkman Drive near Blue Spring Road.  Now the driver faces attempted murder charges.

Authorities say a scary incident began with a traffic stop.  The driver refused to stop and officers began a pursuit west on Sparkman Drive.  The vehicle stopped at the intersection of Warrior Drive and Mercedes Avenue.  Police say the driver left the vehicle and fired at two officers who were initiating the stop.  The officers returned fire and the driver ran from the scene. Officers chased the driver but lost him in the area.

The driver was located by a K-9 team hiding in a concrete drainage culvert in the area of Thornhill Road and Del Ray Avenue.  He was taken into custody without any injuries.

Jeremy Hampton is charged with 2 counts of attempted murder

Jeremy Hampton is charged with 2 counts of attempted murder

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 27-year-old Jeremy Hampton.  He will be arrested for 2 counts of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.  He also has a pending arrest warrant for Robbery, 1st degree. He is now in the Madison County Jail on a $60,000 bond.

The two passengers in the vehicle left the area but were later found in the 3600 block of Kenard Avenue. Investigators say they were able to find the people they were searching for with help from anonymous callers who reported tips.

K-9 units and SWAT members were dispatched to the area. Neighbors had been encouraged to stay on alert for any suspicious activity.

The two Huntsville Police Officers were placed on Administrative Leave pending the investigation and outcome of a Shooting Review Board which is standard protocol.




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