Man charged with trying to kill officer pleads not guilty

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 26-year-old Alabaster man who has been charged with allegedly trying to run over an Alabaster police officer last year has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charge, and is now set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court in early April.

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Issai Serrano, who lists on address on Meadowlark Place in Alabaster, entered the not guilty plea on March 3, and waived his arraignment, meaning he will now appear in court for a status hearing in front of Judge William Bostick on April 1.

The grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Serrano during its August 2018 session, upholding one count of attempted murder against him.

Serrano’s charge came when he allegedly attempted to run over Alabaster police officer Tim Crocker with a pickup truck while allegedly fleeing officers following an incident on the afternoon of June 20, 2018, during which officers were involved in a shooting.

Following the incident, suspects fled the scene and were detained by the Hoover Police Department near the intersection of Morgan Road and South Shades Crest Road later the same afternoon after Hoover police officers spotted a truck matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle.

In late June 2018, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Crowson denied Serrano’s request for a lower bond, and Serrano remains in the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond on the attempted murder charge and no bond on a probation violation charge.

In Serrano’s request for a lower bond, his attorney claimed “an Alabaster police officer discharged his weapon three times, without justification and without the defendant being an imminent threat to the officer’s life or the life of any other party.”

Serrano’s attorney claimed “the Alabaster police officer involved in this case is trying to justify the unnecessary shooting that took place on 6/20/2018 by pressing attempted murder charges against the defendant.”

The request also said Serrano “is a U.S. citizen and his family has legal status in the United States,” and said the suspect has “significant ties to the Shelby County, Alabama, area,” including attending school here and working with a local roofing company.