Suspect charged after Chelsea chase

CHELSEA, AL (WBRC) – The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Chelsea Intermediate and Middle Schools on lockdown Monday morning while deputies searched for 30-year-old Adam Arthur Hendricks.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Hendricks was located in the Twin Oaks subdivision.

As a sergeant tried to detain Hendricks, a struggle ensued. Shelby County says Hendricks attempted to strangle the sergeant and take a duty weapon. Hendricks broke free and fled with the weapon.

While trying to escape, he was caught in school traffic and ran his vehicle into a ditch before running into the woods. Deputies were informed that he was armed with the handgun and was on foot.

He was taken into custody without incident when Chelsea resident Barry Morrison noticed a distraught man pacing in the middle of the road and contacted 911.

The Sheriff's Office says there was no immediate danger to the school and deputies were posted for school security while the search for the suspect took place in the nearby woods.

Cindy Warner with Shelby County schools says that students who were on buses, but had not yet reached the school were taken to a nearby church to wait out the lockdown.

They were taken to school once the lockdown was lifted.

Hendricks is charged with attempted murder, robbery, theft of property, and burglary. His bond is set at $180,000.

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