Police use ‘deadly force’ on wanted man

Published 10:47 am Friday, March 30, 2012

Traffic backed up on Interstate 65 in Calera between mile markers mile marker 231 and 228. (Reporter Photo / Christine Boatwright)

By NICOLE LOGGINS / Staff Writer

Interstate 65 South from mile marker 231 to mile marker 228 was closed for four hours after officers said they used “deadly force” to apprehend a fugitive in Calera.

43-year-old Todd Sterling Miller, of Alabaster, has been arrested and charged with one count of first-degree assault, one count of attempted murder and four counts of probation violations.

According to Charles Dysart, public information officer for the Alabama State Trooper’s Office, said there have not been any charges filed against Miller as a result of the Interstate 65 incident.

At 10 a.m. on March 30 Miller, who was wanted on numerous felony warrants, was taken into custody on Interstate 65 southbound near the 230 mile marker by the US Marshal Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies, according to a Shelby County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Task Force members used “deadly force” to apprehend Miller and no Task Force members were injured, according to the press release.

Miller was treated at the scene and flown to UAB hospital in Birmingham for his injuries. As of 4 p.m., Miller was still being treated at UAB.

There are no other suspects being sought in the area.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said Calera, Alabaster and Pelham police officers and the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Public Safety assisted in the incident.