SYLACAUGA – A 61-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after shots were fired this morning at Sylacauga police officers.
Timothy Riddlehoover, of 203B South North Ave., was arrested following a shooting involving Sylacauga Police Department officers and Talladega County Sheriff Office deputies.
The law-enforcement officers say they were fired upon.
Riddlehoover is in the Talladega County Jail. He had an initial court hearing before lunch and his bond was set at $500,000.
Attempted murder is a Class A felony and, if found guilty, Riddlehoover could receive a sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison.
Around 12:30 a.m., the Sylacauga Police Department responded to the 200 block of South Norton Avenue in reference to a welfare check on a man who called 911, stating he was emotionally upset, according to a press release from the department.
Once responding officers arrived on the scene, they saw a man sitting inside the residence talking on the phone.
An officer attempted to make contact, and the man fired shots through the door.
One officer was hit with glass from the door. The officer was able to get off the porch and take cover at a residence next door, the release said.
Police officers along with deputies from the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter around the residence, said Lt. Willis Whatley, chief investigator for the SPD.
Attempts to reach the suspect by phone were unsuccessful. He continued to fire shots from inside the residence. The sheriff’s emergency response team was called in to assist.
The suspect began yelling at officers through the front door. Communication was made by the police department investigators and the subject eventually surrendered.
He was taken into custody by the response team and members of the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
The entire incident lasted around three and a half hours. No one was injured. The suspect was checked out by Sylacauga Ambulance Service, turned over to police and transported to the Talladega County Jail.
The SPD thanked the sheriff’s office, the task force, Talladega County 911 central dispatch and Sylacauga Ambulance Service for their assistance.