ALEA Releases Identity of Man Killed in Trooper Involved Shooting in Sylacauga


The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has released the name of the man killed in Wednesday night’s trooper-involved shooting in Sylacauga. According to ALEA Corporal Jimmy Harrell, 64-year-old Gerald Johns from Childersburg died from a gunshot wound to the upper chest.

Harrell says a trooper attempted to stop Johns for multiple traffic violations on Gene E. Stewart Boulevard near Sylacauga-Fayetteville Highway. After a pursuit, the trooper approached Johns’ vehicle, but Johns drove away, dragging the officer. The trooper then managed to fire his weapon, striking Johns. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The unidentified state trooper was treated at a local hospital and released. The State Bureau of Investigation will handle the case with help from the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office. They will turn the findings over to the District Attorney’s Office.

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