HEFLIN, Ala. (AP) — Police officers in eastern Alabama shot an assailant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle toward the end of a pursuit Saturday that left several people injured, authorities said.
The pursuit began after a shooting in Cleburne County, Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens told The Anniston Star. Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said a woman and two children were shot, but he did not know their conditions.
Around noon, the chase reached the intersection of Leon Smith Parkway and U.S. 78, a busy retail district. Owens said the suspect fired at authorities, injuring a Heflin police officer. Partridge said the suspect used an AK-47 during the firefight.
Officials said the suspect then forced his way into a Nissan at the intersection, although the occupants were able to escape.
Police caught up with the assailant about an hour later in nearby Coldwater. Patridge said two members of the Oxford police SWAT team fatally shot the suspect.
The number of people injured during the spree was not immediately clear. Police officials did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.
Law enforcement officials were examining multiple crime scenes Saturday afternoon trying to determine what happened, said Lynn Hammond, the chief assistant district attorney for Calhoun and Cleburne counties. She said authorities were investigating a homicide, but she declined to comment further.