Man dead following police chase, shooting

An Alabama man was killed after he fired a weapon at officers following a police chase, authorities said.

Wesley Chad Deerman, 26, crashed his vehicle Sunday and fired a weapon as he tried to flee Piedmont police on foot, according to, which cited a police news release.

Police said officers returned fire, striking Deerman, who later died at a hospital.

The police chase started after officers spotted Deerman's vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Marshall County.

The shooting is being investigated by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office and the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University.