Another police officer was ambushed, this time in Alabama. One of the Muscogee County sheriff's deputies was on his way to work early in the morning and was shot.
According to Muscogee County Sheriff Greg Countryman, the attack happened at 6:10 a.m. on October 14. The deputy was on his way to work and was near Sandfort Road and Post Ridge Apartments.
The shooter came up alongside the officer and fired a gun at him. When Phenix City police responded to the shooting call, they saw the wounded deputy in the car.
The car had crashed into the guardrail, and the deputy had been shot in the head. According to a Phenix City Police Departments' press release, the deputy was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional hospital to be treated.
He went into surgery upon arrival, and his prognosis looks positive, according to the Associated Press. The gunman was 31-year-old Jasmin Richardson.
Suspect Flees The Scene
He also crashed his car not too long after the deputy had been shot. Richardson ran from his car after the crash into the woods.
Eventually, he turned himself into officers. According to Sheriff Countryman, Richardson was at the Russell County Jail.
The attack is under investigation, and officials have not released Richardson's motive for attacking the sheriff's deputy.
According to WTVM, Richardson is being charged with attempted murder, assault first-degree, and felony fleeing the scene of a traffic collision. He will stay at the jail while he waits for his preliminary hearing.
Injured Officer Speak Out
Though the injured deputy did not want his identity released, he spoke to WTVM over the phone, revealing additional details of the incident. He said he "wants everyone to know what a monster the gunman really is."
He thinks that Richardson shot all of the bullets in his gun. He remembers hearing at least seven shots while he was driving. One of those hit him in the forehead.
He even recalls hearing Richardson crash. He jumped out of his vehicle, not realizing he was hurt, but quickly jumped back in because the car was still moving.
Once he was back out of the car, he was approached by a soldier who saw the blood and hole in his head. Another bystander made the 911 call.
Thankfully, he has zero brain damage and thinks it may be a case of mistaken identity.