A Jacksonville police officer and a suspect were taken to the hospital early Saturday after a chase that ended with the officer being hit head-on and the suspect shot.

It all started with a police chase by Weaver Police. An officer attempted to stop a 2022 Dodge Charger. The driver refused to stop, and a chase ensued. The pursuit continued into Jacksonville, and that's when Jacksonville police joined.

Around 2 a.m., the driver of the Charger turned the car around in the 5000 block of Alexandria-Jacksonville Highway and slammed head-on into the JPD vehicle, JPD PIO Benjamin Nunnally said. Police said the suspect then backed up near Crow Farm Road to attempt to hit the officer's vehicle again, and that's when the officer got out of his vehicle and fired at the suspect to stop him from hitting him.

The 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody and transported to Anniston RMC. He was eventually transferred to UAB, where he was in stable condition. His name has not been released.

The officer was treated and released from Anniston RMC.

The JSU Center for Applied Forensics Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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