HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville police took Devron LaShawn Booker, 29 into custody for allegedly shooting at officers during a pursuit Wednesday morning. Booker is charged with three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and a robbery charge from a separate armed carjacking incident.
Huntsville police said an officer saw a blue Chevy Cavalier Wednesday morning that matched the description of a vehicle involved in a carjacking at gunpoint Monday night. The officer tried to stop the car and a pursuit began.
Police said Booker fired a shot out the back of the car, and the officer terminated the pursuit after about a minute because of the risk to the public.
"We do have a policy on pursuits. At that time all we had was it was a possible stolen vehicle out of that carjacking which is a serious crime but we've got to weigh the need for the safety of the public versus the need to catch the offender and for the driving public it was determined by the supervisor to discontinue the pursuit at that time," said Lt. Michael Johnson.
With the shooting and killing of a Birmingham police officer earlier this week, Huntsville police officials admit that is front of mind when it comes to public and officer safety.
"We weren't necessarily going to stand down from this offender but we were going to take precautions. even though we discontinued the pursuit we still had multiple officers in the area and we knew and had confidence in that," said Johnson.
An investigator spotted the vehicle again and contacted a patrol unit to help and the driver led them on another pursuit that lasted several minutes.
Police from all over the city responded to the pursuit, and they said the suspect fired at officers again during the chase. At least one officer shot back, they said.
After using spike strips, police said around 10:45 a.m. they had Booker in custody at Memorial Parkway and Meadowbrook Drive after using a Tazer.
Booker was taken to a hospital for evaluation but wasn't injured, police said.
Police said they did recover a gun that was thrown from the car.