Gadsden police blotter | Crime
Gadsden police have released information on two seperate incidents that occured Tuesday night. At about 7:30 p.m. a citizen told police that they heard what sounded like gunshots in the area of a cemetery in the 2800 block of Tallahassee Street. This person saw a vehicle in a grassy area next to the cemetery and after investigating, they found a male bleeding from the chest.
The citizen called 911 and when officers arrived, they found the male victim dead with gunshot wounds to the chest. Police identified the man as Donald Wright, 63. The investigation continues and the authorities are not sure at this time where Wright is from.
A little later Tuesday night at about 11 p.m. a Gadsden police officer shot a suspect in the hand after a foot chase. The officer had tried to stop a red Ford Focus for an equipment violation near Green Pastures. The driver, James Harrell Bell, 30 of Gadsden, fled from the officer in the car. Bell bailed out of the car at some point and fled on foot. The officer chased after him and according to the police report, Bell spun around and pulled an object from his pocket.
The officer shot at the object and struck Bell's hand. Bell was taken to Riverview Regional for treatment and later was taken to the Etowah County Jail. He was charged with several warrants and is being held on a probation violation. The police are investigating the shooting and the officerr is on planned leave at this time.
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