Officer-involved shooting sends 2 people to hospital in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  A man in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital is expected to face charges for an early-morning pursuit that ended with UAH police officers shooting him in his vehicle.

University spokesman Ray Garner said Clifford Gilberto Landers, 31, is expected to face multiple charges after this morning's chase.

Garner said in an email the chase started at 4:11 a.m. on Friday when officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on Holmes Avenue. The driver took off down University Drive, and UAH and Huntsville police chased the vehicle.

The chase ended at the intersection of Meridian Street and Cleveland Avenue. Landers rammed two UAH police cars and tried to drive into one of the officers, Garner said. UAH officers shot Landers multiple times.

A passenger in the car was not shot but was taken to the hospital with leg cramps. The passenger isn't facing any charges.

Garner said one officer had a minor wrist injury.

Huntsville Police say they assisted UAH officers in the pursuit.

No arrests made have been made.

The identities of the two people in the car have not been released, but Garner said they are not UAH students and have no affiliation with the school.

Garner said Huntsville police will investigate the incident, and the two UAH officers have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is done.

Attorney Mark McDaniel explains how the laws governing deadly force will be applied in this case.

"If he was reasonably believing this person was about to harm another police officer then he would be reasonable in using deadly physical force. That's going to the be the test in this case. In Alabama an auto mobile is considered a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument, like a pistol shotgun or whatever so an automobile if you try to run over someone. the law treats that automobile as a weapon or dangerous instrument."

 

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