Special to the Enterprise
Three men are still on the run Monday night after a long manhunt Sunday night. The men shot a man’s dog during the attempted burglary attempt at the Early County home. The owner was shot at as he chased the men into a wooded area.
Those three men ditched the car they were in and ran into some woods. Law enforcers from several agencies searched from the ground and the air for them.
The owner of the home on Five Bridges Road said he was taking a nap around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, when his dog started barking. Someone then started banging on his door and he saw three men were on his porch. The men drove away, but Brad Waller jumped in his truck and followed them.
“Cause I was mad. I want to get them,” said Brad Waller, Homeowner. He followed the men down Highway 27 South for several miles.
“He was trying to keep an eye on them because when he was driving down the road he was on the phone with our 911 center trying to let them know where the vehicle was headed,” said Investigator Brent Alderman, ECSO.
The men were driving an Oldsmobile Alero, now in custody of the Early County Sheriff Office. They started firing shots at Waller.
“The suspects stuck a gun out the window, shot several times at the homeowner, jumped back in the vehicle took off and officers pulled up, when the suspects jumped out and ran in to the woods,” said Investigator Brent Alderman, ECSO.
The Sheriff Office brought in helicopters, search dogs and a swat team from Houston County, Alabama to search the wooded area off Chrystal Springs Road and 27 South. The search lasted for about 5 hours before it was called off around 11:30 last night.
“We don’t believe the guys are still in the woods. We believe somebody has picked them up.” said Investigator Brent Alderman, ECSO.
Waller says he wants the men found.
“It was a robbery gone bad. They picked the wrong house because I was in it,” said Brad Waller, Homeowner.
Late this afternoon the Early County Sheriff Office named Keithtavis Curry as person of interest only in this case.
Brad Waller says his dog had to have surgery after the men shot him as they ran from his property. The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation continues.
If you have any information about the case, call the Early County Sheriff’s Office at 229-723-3577.