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Man charged after fleeing from cops, shooting at them

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A man is in custody after fleeing from police and shooting at them Wednesday afternoon, Huntsville police said. According to the following release:

On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Huntsville police attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of Sparkman Drive and Blue Spring Road.  The vehicle, occupied by three men, refused to stop.

The officers initiated a short vehicle pursuit and continued west on Sparkman Drive.  The vehicle stopped at the intersection of Warrior Street and Mercedes Avenue.  The driver exited his vehicle and fired at the officers.

Officers returned fire and the driver fled the area on foot.  Officers chased the driver on foot but lost him in the area.  The two passengers left the area in the offender’s vehicle but it was later located at the 3600 block of Kenard Avenue.

Additional officers responded and completely locked down the neighborhood.  K-9 teams were deployed and an extensive search was conducted in the area for the armed driver.

The driver, identified as Jeremy Hampton, 27,  was located by a K-9 team hiding in a concrete drainage culvert in the area of Thornhill Road and Del Ray Avenue

He was taken into custody without injuries.

All three men were taken to the South Precinct for further investigation.

The two officers who fired at the vehicle were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Shooting Review Board.

Hampton will be charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

He also has an existing warrant for robbery.

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