McCalla Man Fired 30 Shots At Police Before Shooting Himself
A McCalla man fired more than 30 shots at law enforcement officers before turning the gun on himself Wednesday night, according to area police.
Marty Sellers, a captain with the Tuscaloosa Police Department and investigator in the multi-agency Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, said the incident began around 9 p.m. Wednesday night as a domestic disturbance call.
Sellers said the suspect, whose identity has still not been disclosed, was allegedly screaming at his wife and son at their home on Apple Valley Road in McCalla and fired a gun, although no one was injured.
An officer with the Woodstock Police Department responded to the scene and was immediately fired upon, Sellers said. The officer was not injured, but his vehicle was struck multiple times.
A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene as backup and was also met with fire from a long gun, Sellers said.
The two officers on the scene did not return fire as they were trying to determine where the shots were coming from, Sellers said. As additional backup arrived on the scene, the suspect shot himself and was taken into custody.
Sellers said the man is in his 60's and is considered to be in critical condition at an area hospital. He said the suspect used multiple long guns to fire on police and fire at least 30 rounds.
Investigators have obtained warrants to charge the man with two counts of attempted murder and expect to do so if and when he is released from the hospital. Other charges stemming from the original domestic disturbance may follow.
Because a sheriff's deputy was involved in the shooting, no one from TCSO will be involved in investigating or prosecuting the case -- VCU agents from TPD, UAPD and the Northport Police Department will take the helm instead.
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