Suspected Drug Dealer Hides Behind Tree, Fails to Damage Police Car


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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – After Decatur police arrested a man for shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of a controlled substance, and three counts of distribution of a controlled substance, the man tried and failed to damage a police patrol car.

On Wednesday evening, Decatur police received a call about a shooting into an occupied home on 7th Ave.  When officers arrived, they found the residence had multiple gunshots through the front door and into the living room, according to a police report.

The resident of the house took cover and was uninjured.  The resident identified the shooter as Stanley “Marquise” Smith Jr. of Decatur.

According to police, during the month of February, the Decatur Police Organized Crime Unit investigated Smith as a street level drug dealer.  Warrants were obtained for his arrest and alerts were issued for his capture.

Smith was located Thursday just before noon on West Mouton St.  According to the police report, Smith attempted to hide behind a tree unsuccessfully.

Smith was arrested and found to be in possession of crack cocaine.  After being put in the back of the patrol car, Smith attempted to kick out the rear window of the car, but failed to do any damage to the car.

Smith was on probation at the time of these offenses and he will be held in the Morgan County Jail without bond.

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