From The Tribune staff reports
COLUMBIANA — A Birmingham man flees from Shelby County deputies after being pulled over at US Hwy 280 and Meadowbrook Road on Thursday, September 16.
Reports state the deputy believed Hammond was still inside the vehicle with the rifle. To reduce the risk to the public, Hwy 280 was closed in both directions when Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Hoover Police Department performed a high-risk vehicle stop where it appeared Hammond was not responding to commands.
Shelby County Multi-jurisdictional Special Operations Group used a special purpose vehicle to approach the vehicle. The rifle was located in the vehicle, but Hammond had fled the scene.
Hammond was later located at a nearby residence on Stonecrest Drive in Birmingham. Hammond was arrested on multiple traffic violations and attempting to elude law enforcement, and is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with bonds totaling $7,500.
“I am thankful for all of our public safety partners in Shelby County,” Sheriff John Samaniego said. “With their assistance, we were able to work together as a team and apprehend the suspect with no one being injured while sending a message that we will not tolerate criminal activity in Shelby County.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Hoover Police Department, Helena Police Department, Alabaster Police Department, and Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue for their assistance during this incident.