Jefferson County, AL – A Kimberly police officer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being shot by a convicted felon during a vehicle pursuit on Tuesday night.
The incident began just after 10 p.m., when a Warrior police officer attempted to stop a vehicle, The Birmingham News reported.
The driver refused to pull over and led the officer on a pursuit down Interstate 65 South.
The gunman opened fire near mile marker 281, shortly after the Kimberly police officer joined the chase.
One Warrior resident said she heard as many as 12 shots fired in rapid succession.
The suspects initially escaped from the scene after the Kimberly police officer was hit by their gunfire, The Birmingham News reported.
A large police escort rushed the wounded officer to UAB Hospital in critical condition.
A blue alert was issued for the suspected shooter, 37-year-old Preston Chyenne Johnson, who was believed to be driving a Black 2003 BMW 325i.
Sometime after shooting the Kimberly police officer, Johnson crashed the BMW and called someone to come get him, The Birmingham News reported.
That person arrived in a GMC pickup.
Johnson and three other suspects were apprehended in Dora near Highway 78 just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, WBRC reported.
Police said that the gunman was carrying a large amount of cash on him when he was taken into custody.
The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting, The Birmingham News reported.
The events that led up to the Warrior police officer trying to pull Johnson over have not been released, nor has the Kimberly police officer’s identity or current medical condition.
Johnson has been charged with capital murder, and is being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond, WBRC reported on Wednesday morning.
He was previously convicted of drug possession in Morgan County in 2017 and served time in prison until July of 2018, according to The Birmingham News.
On Oct. 31, 2019, Cullman County deputies found him in possession of a stolen Corvette, as well as an AR-15, suboxone, 13 grams of methamphetamine, scales, and baggies.
Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, and receiving stolen property, WBRC reported.
His next court hearing in that matter is scheduled for March 2, according to The Birmingham News.
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