‘Do not point a weapon at law enforcement, and if you do you will be shot’: Suspect killed after armed carjacking, chase in St. Clair Co.

St. Clair Co. Sheriff updates carjacking, officer-involved shooting
Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 7:55 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2022 at 3:07 PM CDT
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ST. CLAIR CO, Ala. (WBRC) - A man was shot and killed by police late Wednesday night after an armed carjacking and a pursuit through several cities according to the St. Clair Co. Sheriff.

It started around 11:45 p.m. when the Steele Police Department responded to a man armed with a rifle, carjacking a vehicle at the Love’s Truck Stop in Steele.

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The suspect was quickly located by the Atalla Police Department but fled during an attempted traffic stop and began to fire his weapon at officers.

Numerous agencies joined the chase down I-59 when St. Clair Co. Sheriff’s deputies laid out a spike strip to disable the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect then traveled into the Springville area and struck two parked cars in the Taco Bell parking lot. According to the sheriff, the man got out of the vehicle and pointed the rifle at officers and deputies.

St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray said the suspect’s speeds got up to 100 miles per hour or higher.

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Officials opened fire, killing the suspect.

Murray said he is proud of his law enforcement officers and all of the brave men and women who serve in law enforcement.

Murray said the suspect is John Stutts of Sheffield, Alabama, and he was wanted on a warrant out of Georgia.

Sheriff Murray said, “Do not point a weapon at law enforcement and if you do you will be shot. That’s the way we train and that’s the way we go home safely.”

The investigation is being conducted by the Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics and the Oxford Police Department.

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