Man dead following Alabama police chase, shooting

Authorities in northeastern Alabama say a man was killed after he fired a weapon at officers following a police chase.

Citing a news release from Piedmont police, ( ) reports that 26-year-old Wesley Chad Deerman, of Boaz, crashed his vehicle Sunday and fired a weapon as he tried to flee on foot.

Police say officers returned fire, striking Deerman, who later died at a hospital.

The police chase started after officers spotted Deerman’s vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Marshall County.

The shooting is being investigated by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University.

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