Suspect charged with attempted murder after shooting at Jeffco sheriff's deputy

Suspect charged with two counts of attempted murder

Twenty-three-year-old Derick Brown of Birmingham has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy and pointing a gun at a Birmingham police officer.

According to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian, a sheriff's deputy was called to investigate a suspicious car in the 4500 block of Bonnett Way in Grayson Valley at 2:30 a.m.

The car was unoccupied, but stolen.

That's when Brown allegedly fired three shots at the deputy from a distance.

The deputy called for help. Birmingham Police arrived. They found Brown behind a house in the 1700 block of Sonia Drive in Jefferson County. That's about a half mile away from the first location.

Brown ran across a yard and pointed his gun at the police officer.

The officer fired. Brown wasn't hit, but it was enough to make him surrender.

"We certainly believe, and the evidence shows, that he had the potential and maybe the intent to take the lives of two law enforcement officers," Christian said. "That's about as dangerous as it gets."

Brown is a convicted felon. He's being held in the Jefferson County jail on $500,000 bond.

If convicted, he could spend decades in prison.

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