Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Underway-Suspect in Custody
According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, an officer-involved shooting investigation is underway in Cherokee County. Around 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, while performing a traffic stop on Alabama Highway 273, deputies learned of a warrant for the driver, Brett Littlejohn, 42, of Cedar Bluff, and attempted to arrest him. As the deputy reached into the vehicle to apprehend the man, the suspect attempted to flee, with the deputy dangling out of the window. While being dragged several hundred feet, the deputy managed to tase the suspect three times, attempting to stop the man and be freed from the vehicle. The Taser had no effect, and the deputy was forced to shoot the suspect to stop the vehicle. The suspect was airlifted to UAB Hospital and was treated and released.
He was transported by deputies to the Cherokee County Detention Center late Wednesday night on charges of second degree assault, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.
According to Sheriff Shaver, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division and the JSU Center for Applied Forensics are investigating the incident. Upon completion of the investigation, the District Attorney’s Office will review it. Sheriff Shaver stated, “We are thankful our deputies were not injured or killed while performing their duty today.”