Suspect involved in deadly shooting at Hueytown mine commits suicide after leading police pursuit


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December 25 2021 12:00 am

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A suspect connected to a shooting that left an 80-year-old security guard dead and another guard hospitalized at Hueytown mine is now dead after leading police on a pursuit through Winston County and shooting themselves.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call transferred from Bessemer Police Department around 1 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a 44-year-old man who had been shot near Blue Creek Mine, but was able to drive himself to UAB Hospital. He was treated for a gunshot wound while an 80-year-old man was found dead found at 6:40 a.m. near the mine. Both victims were security guards at the mine.

Though deputies went to the location, they did not find a crime scene “due to the vast area of vacant land,” according to a report on JCSO’s website.

At 12:45 p.m., the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office observed a suspicious vehicle around 12:45 p.m. and determined it was stolen and may have been involved in the murder. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over. A pursuit then began and continued onto Hwy. 278 West. Eventually, the vehicle got stuck, leaving the suspect to flee the scene.

The suspect allegedly stole another vehicle and the pursuit continued towards Winston County. Other agencies joined the chase as the suspect continued to flee. The Addison Police Department successfully deployed spike strips and disabled the suspect’s vehicle.

When the vehicle was stopped, deputies say that they found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation.

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