ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — A convicted felon is back behind bars, charged with two counts of attempted murder and multiple other charges, after Anniston Police say he attacked officers in a “street brawl” during which a shot was fired and two officers sustained injuries.
Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham says two street crimes officers pulled over 40-year-old Kajuan Wilneal Reed Thursday night on suspicion of marijuana.
“We smell marijuana coming out of your car. Were you smoking earlier? I can smell marijuana on you,” one officer says at the beginning of the video. Moments later, you can see the suspect attack the officers.
Anniston PD released body cam video of the incident. Police say at some point Reed fired a handgun. No one was shot. Police say both officers were injured during the fight. One officer had to get stitches for a cut and injured his knee. That officer is expected to be off duty for several weeks. Police say the suspect bit the other officer who also has a knee injury.
“I feel like we were blessed….that I’m not standing here telling you that one of my officers has been shot, or that I’m having to tell you that we just shot a black male,” Denham said. “These officers were in a deadly force situation….They chose not to use deadly force. If they had used deadly force, I would be 100 percent behind them.”
Reed has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal tampering, possession of marijuana second, ex-felon in possession of firearm, resisting arrest, and eluding/attempting to elude arrest.
Chief Denham says Reed was previously convicted on a felony assault charge in Calhoun County.
The two officers and Reed were all transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
Chief Denham says federal investigators will likely be called in on this case.
Denham held a press conference Friday morning on the incident. Tune into the CBS 42 News at 5 and 6 for a full report, and click here to watch the full press conference.