BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy was injured in a shooting after a chase down the wrong direction on I-20/50 Southbound.
Police say the chase started around 10:00 a.m. when the suspect ran a red light around 31st Street and 12th Avenue. A Birmingham police officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect drove off.
The suspect tried to escape down I-20/50 Southbound and then made a U-turn to head against the flow of traffic. At this point, a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy Brian Williams joined the chase in his SUV. The chase ended when the suspect and a woman in a BMW collided.
After the wreck, Williams stopped and attempted to handcuff the suspect, but found himself in a struggle. During the struggle, Williams' gun went off and struck him in the groin. The suspect then grabbed the gun and refused to put it down when ordered to by Birmingham Police officers. Reportedly, the suspect pointed the gun at law enforcement officers and was then shot twice by the officers.
Williams, the suspect and the woman in the BMW were are taken by ambulance to UAB Hospital.
Sheriff Mike Hale says Brian Williams' injuries are not serious and that ER doctors say he will be fine. Deputy Williams was released from the hospital a few hours after the incident.
Hale also says the suspect's injuries are not life-threatening, but are serious.