Officer Shooting Update

An Ozark police officer is still recovering after being shot following a high-speed chase this weekend.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey says after Officer Chris Ford was shot four times early Saturday morning, Lieutenant Charles Ward of the Alabama State Troopers put him in his car and rushed him to the hospital and probably saved his life.

Ford is a K-9 officer and has been with the Ozark police department for more than three years.

Officer Ford's police dog Uri was even allowed a brief visit at the hospital.

Chief Spivey says it all started when 32-year-old Eric Boykin of Ariton shot a man at an Ozark convenience store during a domestic dispute.

Boykin got away, then led officers on a high-speed chase when they spotted him a few hours later.

The chase ended just inside Barbour County, when officers used spike-strips to blow out Boykin’s tires. But, state troopers say Boykin still refused to give-up even after he was stopped.

Meanwhile, the man who was shot at the gas station, 37-year-old Danny McLoud of Ozark is listed in stable condition in a Dothan hospital.


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