FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Fort Payne police say a man who tried to run over an officer and was shot has been charged with domestic violence and theft.
Police say they were called to a domestic disturbance on Fischer Road just east of downtown around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. Chief Randy Bynum says the person that called them said a man was trying to pour gasoline on the woman that owned the home.
When police arrived they say the man, later identified as Jeffery Scott Johnson, 40, attempted drive away in what investigators say was a stolen white minivan. While officers were gathering information on the domestic issue, Johnson came back to the residence.
Police say Johnson drove away again and turned onto Dean Road traveling at a high rate of speed with his lights off, and turned into a driveway to try and elude officers.
Chief Bynum says that Johnson backed out of the driveway and tried to ram a Fort Payne Police vehicle before ending up in a ditch alongside Dean Road. When officers tried to get him to exit the vehicle, Chief Bynum said he sped up toward an officer.
Chief Bynum confirmed that the officer feared he would be hit by the van so he fired his service weapon at Johnson. Johnson was shot during the incident and treated at the scene by emergency crews.
Police say Johnson was alert and talking when he was taken to DeKalb Regional Hospital and later airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Officials say this is an ongoing investigation. Johnson is being charged with first-degree theft of property and second-degree domestic violence, for a total bond of $200,000.
Fort Payne Department detectives and officers, Dekalb County Sheriff’s deputies, State Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville State Center for Applied Forensics Unit, Fort Payne Fire and Rescue, and Dekalb County Ambulance Service crews were all called to the scene.