Man Who Shot at Area Police Charged with Attempted Murder
A McCalla man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder more than five months he allegedly opened fire on police officers and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies before turning the gun on himself.
On October 21st, Woodstock police officers were called to a home on Apple Valley Road, where 60-year-old Roosevelt King was allegedly screaming at his wife and son and threatening to hurt them.
King reportedly armed himself with "an assortment of firearms" and walked away from the home before setting up along his fence line, looking back toward the house and laying in wait for law enforcement officers.
A Woodstock Police officer was first on the scene and arrived around 8:30 p.m. He was immediately met by gunfire and his cruiser was shot four times. A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputy arrived shortly after and took cover with the Woodstock Police officer -- King allegedly fired more than 30 rounds at the law enforcement officers as they took shelter.
The officers were never able to identify exactly where the shots were coming from and never returned fire. As more police arrived on the scene, the gunfire finally stopped.
Officers eventually found King lying in a nearby field suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators obtained warrants to charge King with three counts of attempted murder and said he would face those charges if and when he was discharged from the hospital.
That day came Monday when King was formally charged on all three counts and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. He was released the same day on a combined $180,000 bond.
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