Suspect shot, treated after opening fire on deputies

Published 11:18 am Monday, August 7, 2017


A man who opened fire on Chilton County Deputies on County Road 254 in Clanton was shot by police and taken into custody on Aug. 6.

The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Jermey Lane Wilson.

According to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson is charged with aggravated assault attempted murder of a police officer, attempt to elude and burglary-residence-force without bond.

“At approximately 4:45 p.m. yesterday (Aug. 6), 911 received a call of a male on County Road 254 firing a long gun,” Shane Mayfield, Chilton County Assistant Chief Deputy, said.

According to Mayfield, the First Deputy was the first to arrive on scene and make contact with Wilson, who proceeded to point and then fire a .22 long rifle at the deputy.

“The Deputy returned fire, striking Wilson in the lower leg,” Mayfield said.

No deputies were harmed.

“Wilson then made forced entry into an unoccupied residence where he refused to come out for 15 to 20 minutes,” Mayfield said.

Wilson eventually exited the residence and was taken into custody, Mayfield said.

“The suspect has been treated and released from Baptist South in Montgomery and is now being booked in the Chilton County Jail on multiple charges,” a Chilton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post read.

“We are satisfied that the Deputy took the only action that could have been taken under the circumstances, and that the Deputy acted within the applicable Policy and Procedures of the Sheriff’s Office,” Mayfield said.

“However,” Mayfield continued, “to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation, we have asked the State Bureau of Investigations to conduct a review of the incident. Their investigation is continuing and we will cooperate with them fully.”