SPD issues Press Release on arrest fatality

SPD letterhead

On July 12, 2017 around 9:30 pm. A Sylacauga police officer made traffic stop on a vehicle near the Fairmont Community entrance. The traffic stop turned into a narcotics investigation and then became physical between the driver and the officer. The driver was able to run away from the immediate grasp of the SPD officer but was quickly reengaged after a quick foot pursuit. The officer deployed his “Taser” striking the suspect and was able to take him into custody.

Sylacauga Ambulance Service was notified by officers on the scene and they did respond. The suspect, Ladarius Dontrell Jackson, a 25 year old black male, was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center Emergency Department where he later was pronounced deceased.

Due to this unfortunate incident and Jackson’s status at the time of his death, Sylacauga Police Department has called in the State Bureau of Investigations to conduct a thorough investigation into the events that occurred leading to his death.

The incident is considered an active investigation being handled by the State Bureau of Investigations. Any further questions or comments will be directed to the agents handling the case.

If you have any information pertaining to a crime, please contact the Sylacauga Police Department Investigations Division @ 256-401-2464 or you may report anonymously to the Sylacauga Police Department Tip Line @ 256-249-4716.

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Released By: Kelley B. Johnson

Chief of Police

Sylacauga Police Department

256-401-2459

kjohnson@sylacaugaal.gov

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