Suspected car thief in Adamsville shot after trying to run over Jefferson County sheriff's deputy

      ADAMSVILLE, Alabama -- A man suspected of stealing a car in Adamsville early Thursday morning was shot after allegedly trying to run over a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

      According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, deputies were called to the 5000 block of Cooley Drive around 3:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle, a description of which was shared to other members of law enforcement. A short time later, a deputy spotted the vehicle near Oakleaf Circle near Adamsville. After the deputy attempted to stop the car, the suspected thief sped off, commencing a chase.

      After pulling into a neighborhood, the suspect stopped the vehicle, prompting the deputy to exit his cruiser and issue demands for the driver to surrender. Moments later, the suspect hit the gas and the vehicle began traveling towards the deputy, who then fired a shot in self defense, according to the sheriff's office.

      The suspect, who suffered a gunshot wound near his knee, continued to travel another mile before stopping near the 2400 block of Scenic Drive, where an Adamsville police officer awaited in the intersection.

      Officers and deputies took the man into custody, and he was later transported to UAB Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, a 33-year-old Adamsville man who has a lengthy criminal history, is expected to face several charges in connection with the incident. He's also suspected in other vehicle thefts in the area, according to the sheriff's office.