Tuscaloosa man charged after attempting to run over 3 officers


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — According to the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, Robert Lee Spires was charged with three counts of attempted murder after trying to run over several officers with a vehicle.

The confrontation occurred around 10:30 p.m. Monday night when officers responded to a home in the area of Mayfair Drive in Tuscaloosa on a tip of a wanted person. Spires was wanted by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office on a felony probation revocation warrant.

According to the police report, Spires was standing outside a residence when three police officers arrived. Spires spotted the officers and ran to his car that was parked in the carport. He entered the vehicle and cranked the engine the moment the officers pulled up to the location.

Officers approached Spires in his vehicle and gave him commands to stop what he was doing and to exit the car. Instead, Spires shifted the gears to drive, tires spinning, and drove toward the officers.

Several officers opened fire and Spires drove across the yard of the residence, striking a tree. He was taken into custody and it was later discovered he had been struck by one round in the shoulder, considered a minor injury.

According to the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, three other people on the scene witnessed what happened.

Spires received medical treatment and was charged with the three counts of attempted murder.

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