DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. - State authorities are in DeKalb County investigating an officer-involved shooting. We understand from multiple sources the shooting happened after a police chase that began in Blount County.
Chief Jamie Smith with the Albertville Police Department says the chase began just before 4:00 Sunday afternoon by Snead Police Department officers. Smith says he doesn't know why they attempted to stop the blue Ford Explorer, but the driver didn't stop.
Smith says the vehicle traveled on Highway 75 through Douglas. As it neared the Albertville airport, officers laid down spike strips in an attempt to stop the chase. The spike strips flattened one tire, but Smith says that didn't stop the driver who continued north on Highway 75.
The chase continued into DeKalb County where law officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and Geraldine Police joined the pursuit. Smith says the driver attempted to crash into officers while passing through downtown Geraldine, ultimately hitting a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office vehicle.
Smith says that's when officers fired multiple round into the Ford Explorer, hitting the male driver. That's when the chase ended. Paramedics rushed the driver to Marshall Medical Center South, then a medical helicopter took him to Huntsville Hospital. At last report, the driver was considered "stable."
In a statement released tonight, Smith said officers from the Albertville Police Department have been placed on administrative leave per department protocol. He didn't say how many officers were involved.
We expect to learn more from the State Bureau of Investigation as the investigation progresses.
Below is one of several videos we received into the newsroom from viewers who witnessed the chase and/or shooting.