Suspect charged with attempted murder after dragging, hitting Tuscaloosa PD officers

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala (WIAT) — A suspect is behind bars, charged with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly dragged a Tuscaloosa police officer and hit another with his vehicle while fleeing late Tuesday night.

Tuscaloosa Police Capt. K.T. Hart says an officer with TPD was on routine patrol when around 11:05 p.m., he saw a vehicle in the parking lot of Snow Hinton Park, which is closed after 10 p.m

The officer saw two people in the vehicle as he approached. After making initial contact, officials say the officer believed the two may be involved in criminal activity and called for backup. When the backup officer arrived, the passenger, an 18-year-old male, was removed from the vehicle and detained. 

The initial officer removed the driver from the vehicle and began to handcuff him. Hart says the suspect resisted and got back into the vehicle and drove off, dragging the officer and the passenger in the vehicle’s door for about 20 yards. Hart says he also struck the backup officer and a police vehicle while fleeing. 

The backup officer fired his weapon at the vehicle. Both officers and the passenger were taken to DCH Medical Center for treatment, and have since been released.

A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with the suspect, and he agreed to turn himself in. Hart identified the suspect as 28-year-old Demetrius Denzel Horton. Horton is charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault in the second degree, one count of escape in the third and leaving the scene of an accident. His total bond is $156,000. 

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