By: Sheriff Jay Jones
Smiths Station, AL-
A Lee County Sheriff's Deputy on patrol in the Smiths Station area of southeast Lee County attempted to stop a vehicle bearing a tag matching that of a vehicle reported stolen to the Columbus, Georgia Police Department in November of 2012.
The suspect vehicle turned into the driveway of a residence located in the 2700 block of Lee Road 243 and continued around to the back of the house. The sheriff's deputy followed the suspect vehicle into the backyard, exited his patrol vehicle and attempted to make contact with the driver.
The suspect vehicle then turned toward the deputy and began to accelerate toward him.
The deputy then gave several verbal commands to the driver of the suspect vehicle to stop. The suspect vehicle continued to accelerate toward the deputy who then fired multiple rounds from his sidearm at the driver side windshield of the suspect vehicle.
The suspect vehicle then came to a stop.
Other law enforcement officers arrived and made contact with the adult male driver who had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.
A 7 year old male child who is not related to the suspect was a passenger in the vehicle during the incident and was not injured.
The suspect was transported to the Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia and his condition was described as "critical". As standard procedure the Lee County Sheriff has requested the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to initiate an investigation into the incident.
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