Man who led police chase on November 17 pronounced dead

Published 12:52 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The suspect who led Demopolis Police on a car chase from Demopolis through Uniontown on November 17 has been pronounced dead. The suspect sustained a gunshot wound after he opened fire on police personnel.

Identified as Tristan Charles Melton of Fitzgerald, Georgia, 26 years of age, Melton was wanted from Georgia on a Robbery charge. At approximately 10:35 a.m. on November 17, officers from Demopolis Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle from the State of Georgia and the driver was known to be wanted in Ben Hill County, Georgia for Robbery. Melton refused to stop and a chase was initiated.

The chase eventually went East on Highway 80 and the driver of the vehicle started firing at the officers. Once officers traveled through Uniontown, Alabama, Melton was continuing to fire at police vehicles. The officers then attempted to stop the car and the vehicle ran off the road. Melton exited the vehicle with a gun and the incident led to an officer involved shooting.

Melton sustained a gunshot wound and medical personnel was notified immediately. He was transported to the hospital. Following normal protocol for an officer involved shooting, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation was notified. The case is still under investigation by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.