Update: Local officer not injured
Published 8:18 pm Monday, November 7, 2011
The local officer who was involved in an undercover investigation in the Midland City in which shots were fired Monday night was not injured, as previously reported.
Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams said the Andalusia officer was working with a Wiregrass officer when a suspect in a vehicle tried to run over the two men.
“They attempted to disable the vehicle, and shots were fired,” he said.
The Wiregrass officer was struck by the vehicle, and was being evaluated at about 8 p.m. Monday.
“Our guy may have a minor shoulder injury,” Williams, who was on his way to Midland City, said. “Neither one was shot with a bullet.
“The suspect resisted and they acted appropriately in attempting to disable the vehicle,” he said.
Early reports indicated that the suspect was driving an 18-wheeler. Williams said that was not the case, but that an 18-wheeler parked nearby might have been hit in the gunfire.
The incident occurred at the 231 Truck Stop in Midland City.
Mayor Earl Johnson said at 9:15 p.m. Monday that the Ozark officer sustained minor, non-gunfire injuries and the suspect was injured by gunfire. His injuries were not life-threatening.
The ABI will investigate at the request of local law enforcement.