FORT PAYNE, Ala. – One person is in custody following an officer-involved shooting and high-speed chase that started in Etowah County and ended in DeKalb County.
Authorities identified the suspect as Juan Becerra Jr., 39, of Southside.
The chase happened around 10 p.m. Monday night and according to a sheriff’s office spokesperson, the chase ended at the 218 on-ramp of I-59 in Fort Payne, involving both DeKalb and Etowah County Deputies.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Weldon said that when Becerra got on the 218 on-ramp, officers tried to stop his vehicle. Sheriff Weldon said that Becerra’s actions at the on-ramp forced officers to open fire. Becerra then began to drive the wrong way on Glenn Blvd and then entered the southbound on-ramp where officers were able to stop him from getting back on I-59.
Becerra was transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service to Huntsville Hospital and is now in custody.
Authorities charged Becerra with three counts of first-degree attempted assault, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of reckless endangerment, and attempting to elude law enforcement. Becerra is currently in the DeKalb County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash bond.
No deputies or law enforcement officers were injured during the pursuit.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Investigators (ALEA) are investigating.
“This incident highlights how dangerous these chases can be. Our agency is committed to stopping them when they enter our jurisdiction so that innocent drivers and pedestrians are not injured.”
“We are very thankful no member of the public or law enforcement officers were injured. As is standard procedure when a shooting occurs, the investigation of the shooting has been handed over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to ensure fairness and transparency,” he said.
“God Bless!”DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden