BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County sheriff's department has charged a 19-year old man with three counts of attempted murder after they say he tried to run down three deputies who were trying to break up a group of teenagers where they say shots may have been fired.
Charged is 19-year old Jeffrey Lloyd Grant, Jr. He's being held on a $114,000 bond. Deputies on the scene say that a roadway was blocked by about 200 teenagers standing in the area.
Authorities say that grant was driving a Chevy Astro van down 5th Way NW at a high rate of speed toward 23rd Avenue NW toward the teenagers who were having a party.A deputy tried to stop Grant, but said Grant drove straight for him. The deputy had to dive off the roadway to avoid being hit. Two other deputies also tried to stop the van, and they too had to dive out of the way to avoid being struck. Grant eventually drove off the roadway and hit a tree, then fled on foot according to sheriff's deputies. They arrested three passengers, and pursued grant on foot. Deputies say they found him hiding by a shed, and struggled with deputies before being arrested.
At the same party.. Deputies also found a 14-year old girl had been shot. She was taken to Children's Hospital then to UAB and at last word is in critical condition. She was accidentally shot by a 16-year old boy who lives at the address.