BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffrey Wayne McCay, 42, of Bessemer, has been formally charged with one count each of Attempted Murder and Assault in the Second Degree. McCay is currently in a hospital recovering from a gunshot wound.
McCay will be transferred to the county jail once he is released. His bond is set at $200,000.
ORIGINAL: A male suspect is in the hospital and a female passenger is being questioned after an incident in which the suspect reportedly led Sheriff’s Deputies on a car chase through Forestdale.
Around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, a deputy spotted a silver Pontiac Bonneville coming at their patrol unit in the wrong lane, according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy was able to move out of the way, and turned around to make a traffic stop, when the driver reportedly refused to stop, a chase ensued.
The chase continued to Highway 78 and then Roberta Road when the Pontiac sustained a flat tire and came to a stop near Collette Street.
At this time, a deputy approached the car and attempted to remove the driver, who then reportedly put the car in reverse and backed up, knocking the deputy to the ground.
The car at this point reportedly barreled towards an officer who fired shot at the driver, who reportedly put the car in drive and drove off, striking four parked cars in the process.
The vehicle then when from Roberta Road to I-22, where the vehicle crashed near Coalburg Road, and the driver was taken into custody.
Police discovered that the adult male suspect had a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and he was transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. His female passenger was taken into custody for questioning.
The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided as information becomes available.