A Killen man is in custody after leading police on a pursuit Monday night in which a Colbert County deputy fired shots at him after the suspect rammed the deputy’s patrol car following an armed robbery attempt in Sheffield.
John Alex Myatt, 36, 50 Savannah Drive, was taken to the Sheffield City Jail on Monday night, authorities said.
Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May said the case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office, which will decide on charges against Myatt.
May said nobody was injured in the incident. He said officers received a call about the pursuit at 9:48 p.m.
Acting Sheffield Police Chief Dewey King said Myatt attempted to rob a Shell convenience store on East Second Street with a pocket knife, but fled when they refused to give him money.
May said the pursuit went from Sheffield, through Muscle Shoals and into the county before ending in Leighton.
“Some of their units attempted to stop the suspect and he fled in a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado,” he said.
A deputy joined the pursuit when it left Muscle Shoals, May said. Myatt turned onto Jarmon Lane and onto a road identified as Park Place.
“When he got there, officers followed him and the guy rammed the officers’ car twice and the officer fired several times, not hitting the suspect,” May said.
Some shots hit Myatt’s vehicle, the sheriff said.
By now, Leighton police were involved in the pursuit, which again led onto Jarmon Lane, May said. Myatt was headed toward County Lane Road, but Alabama Troopers had placed spikes on the street near the County Line Road intersection.
“He hit the spikes and traveled across County Line Road into a ditch and was taken into custody without problem at that point,” May said.