Deputy injured during meth lab arrest

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Wednesday while arresting an armed man at a meth lab in western Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Thursday to FOX6 News, said the incident happened Wednesday at a house on Adams Avenue in the Raimund Heights area. Deputies were attempting to locate Roy Edwin Donovan, 46, and investigate reports of a meth lab on the property when the Donovan was discovered in a garage.  Deputies said the man refused to surrender, so they forced the door open and took him into custody.

During the entry, one deputy, "sustained a large gash on his arm," according to the statement. The deputy was transported to a nearby hospital for stitches.

Investigators said Donovan admitted he had been in the process of cooking methamphetamine and had thrown it into a fire before deputies found him. Deputies said they seized marijuana, scales, methamphetamine, a sawed-off shotgun, three handguns and a motorcycle that had been reported stolen to the Hoover Police Department.

Donovan was being held Thursday in the Jefferson County Jail on $557,000 bond.

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