More details released in officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning

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UPDATE:

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — More details about the high-speed car chase Wednesday morning have been presented at the Dothan Police Department’s press conference earlier this afternoon.

The police chase ended earlier this morning at around 8 a.m. at the Volkswagen dealership near highway 52 and Ross Clark Circle. 

The suspect, Jeffery Michael Stewart of Jakin, Georgia, was injured by an officer after being shot.

Dothan Police Chief William Benny stated officers were “actively engaged in a gun fight,” then the suspect entered a police vehicle, wrecked, and was then placed in leg-shackles.

Stewart was then arrested by Dothan police.

Stewart is currently at an unnamed hospital after surgery was performed to remove a bullet. His current condition has not been released.

The suspect had not been jailed yet, due to his surgery.

The Alabama Law Enforcements State Bureau of Investigation will take over the lead on the investigation now. 

This is still an active investigation and WDHN will have the updates as they develop.  

ORIGINAL:

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan police are at multiple crime scenes around the city, all connected to one individual.

WDHN is working on receiving more details, shortly after 7 a.m. police began chasing a suspect on Highway 52, speeds reached around 100 mph. At some point the suspect stole a patrol car, it was reported that occurred around Reeves Street. The pursuit continued on Twitchell Road and Murray Road and ended on the 3200 Block of Denton Road.

According to a police source, the suspect may have sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen but it is unclear how the suspect received the injury.

Shortly after 8 a.m. police were able to negotiate with the suspect to exit the patrol car.

We can confirm a police officer was communicating and talking the suspect out of the car.

Dothan police will have a briefing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. WDHN will keep you updated.

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