Sumter County Man Charged with Attempted Murder in State Trooper Assault
The Sumter County man suspected of assaulting an Alabama State Trooper has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, officials have confirmed.
The incident began around 11:45 p.m. Friday when a State Trooper with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Highway Patrol Division pulled over Randy Lee Wade, 57, near the intersection of Interstate 20/59 and Alabama Highway 28 in Livingston, Alabama.
The Trooper had stopped Wade for a traffic violation and was preparing to arrest him for six warrants, at which time Wade assaulted the Trooper and fled the scene.
A statewide "Blue Alert" was issued by the Alabama Fusion Center at the request of the ALEA's State Bureau of Investigation in order to help locate the suspect.
The United States Marshal Services' Fugitive Task Force, the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office all collaborated to locate and arrest Wade.
Wade was taken into custody Saturday evening without incident in Sumter County. He has since been charged with Attempted Murder, First-Degree Escape and Second-Degree Theft of Property.
He currently resides in the Sumter County Jail.
Nothing further is available at this time as the investigation is still ongoing. Once complete, any and all findings will be turned over to the Sumter County District Attorney's Office.