BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR EAN
One man is dead after a domestic incident occurred on North Street in Wetumpka around 1:30 a.m., which initiated a vehicle pursuit by police ending in the suspect wrecking in Millbrook.
The suspect, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was attempting to take a baby during a domestic incident in Wetumpka, according to Wetumpka Assistant Police Chief Ed Reeves.
“The mother was somehow able to get the baby away from the suspect,” Chief Reeves said. “At that point the suspect left in his vehicle, saying he was not going to jail.”
Wetumpka officers began the pursuit, assisted by Elmore County. Somewhere near the Russell Plant on Hwy. 14, the suspect vehicle hit a Wetumpka unit, but continued traveling towards Millbrook. Millbrook Police were contacted for assistance and set up along Hwy. 14.
Officers were warned that the suspect could be armed. A Millbrook Officer who was on Hwy. 14 near Walmart saw the suspect vehicle headed westbound, and watched as it careened into oncoming traffic then colliding with a tree. The officer called for medics, but the suspect in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect was found slumped over a rifle in the vehicle, Chief Reeves said. At this point, it is not certain if he died by his own hand, or was killed due to the accident. He was trapped in the vehicle, and Millbrook Fire Department personnel came to provide extrication of the body.
While Chief Reeves could not identify the suspect, he did say he had a Montgomery address related to his drivers license. “It is unclear at this point if that is correct, or if he lived elsewhere,” Reeves said.
We will update this story as possible, but we understand there were no other injuries reported involved in this incident, and the baby is safe.
Traffic along Hwy. 14 near Walmart was shut down for several hours in the wake of the accident, but has seen been reopened.