Trussville man who fired shots during standoff charged with attempted murder

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) – A Trussville man has been charged with attempted murder after he barricaded himself in his home Wednesday and began firing shots when officers tried to get him to surrender.

The incident happened about 6:25 a.m. at a home on Cruise St. in Trussville Wednesday. A woman in the home called police to say a man she claimed was her husband had assaulted her. By the time police arrived, the woman had fled to a neighbor’s residence. According to Lt. Jeff Bridges with Trussville Police, the woman showed marks that she had been choked.

The man, identified as 49-year-old John Eric Morris, then barricaded himself in the home, refusing to come out. As police negotiated with him, he began firing shots inside the home. After about a two-and-a-half hour standoff, Morris surrendered.

Police had been called to the same home on Tuesday after Morris called police. No evidence of an assault was found at that time.

Morris is charged with attempted murder and domestic violence. He’s being transferred to the county jail and will be held on bonds totaling $90,000.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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