Cusseta man charged with attempted murder after nearly hitting officer with vehicle

Published 1:56 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

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A man was arrested for attempted murder by the Valley Police Department on Feb. 20 after allegedly trying to run over a police officer while avoiding arrest, according to a press release from the VPD

Cody Dewayne Mcmanus, of Cusetta, was located in Anniston by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and transported to the Chambers County Jail.

According to the press release, on Jan. 20, while assisting the Chambers County Drug Task Force, a uniformed officer was driving an impounded vehicle to the task force office on Lantuck Road near Hopewell Road when a gray pick up turned off and drove toward him head on.

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The officer exited his vehicle after it stalled and identified himself as a police officer in an attempt to get the driver to stop.

The driver allegedly told the officer that he could not stop and continued on at a high rate of speed toward the location where the task force had assisted in the search warrant. Once he discovered the task force waiting on him, he turned around and headed back down Lantuck Road at a high rate of speed directly toward the first officer.

The officer ran but was not able to find cover and responded by firing several rounds from his service weapon. The officer chased the vehicle but lost contact. The suspect was recognized as Mcmanus.

According to the Chambers County Jail website, Mcmanus also has an escape-first charge.