Two Anniston Police officers were injured Thursday after a fight with a man they were trying to arrest. The fight was captured on body camera including the moment a gun went off during the struggle. Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham called it a “street fight.”
The suspect, 40-year-old KaJuan Wilneal Reed of Anniston, was pulled over Thursday night near his home on Grant Avenue on suspicion of marijuana. Body camera footage shows two police officers at the scene. One pulled a handgun and a bag out of Reed’s pocket. Then the fight began.
Police say Reed gained back control of the pistol and fired it during the struggle. Neither officer was hit. Reed briefly escaped despite being tasered but was soon arrested by the officers at the scene.
Chief Denham on Friday said he believed the bag was crack cocaine. Reed swallowed it after briefly escaping from police, he said. Police said a large bag of marijuana was also discovered in Reed’s car.
One officer received several stitches to his knee and was struck in the head during the fight, while the second officer was bitten by the suspect and suffered a knee injury. Reed refused medical treatment according to police.
Reed was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal tampering, 2nd degree possession of marijuana, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and attempting to elude. He remains in the Calhoun County Jail. Police said Reed is a convicted felon and could face federal charges for possessing a weapon.