Ala. Deputy Covers Woman, Kids as Ex-Husband Opens Fire

Aug. 4, 2022
A Coosa County sheriff's deputy had a woman and her two children take cover behind his cruiser after her ex-husband brandished her rifle and began firing.

A Coosa County man is behind bars after authorities said he broke into his ex-wife’s home, and then fired on a sheriff’s deputy who provided cover for the victim and her children.

Shane Carden, 35, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, burglary and theft of property. He is being held without bond because he had outstanding warrants for probation revocation.

The ordeal began about 8:20 p.m. on July 28 when the woman arrived at her home on Coosa County Road 39. She had her son and daughter with her.

Once inside, she encountered Carden brandishing the victim’s rifle, according to charging documents in the case. He accused her of hacking his phone and making his apps disappear.

The victim yelled for her children to call 9-1-1, and Carden reportedly told her, “If police come up, you are dead.”

They wrestled over the gun, and it discharged, but no one was injured.

The woman fled her home.

Coosa County Deputy Logan Mitchell, as well as a civilian ride-along, arrived as the woman was fleeing the residence. She took cover behind a BMW SUV parked in the carport.

Carden, according to Mitchell’s report, then pointed the rifle out of the door and fired on the deputy’s vehicle but missed. The deputy drew his weapon and coaxed the victim to take cover behind his patrol cruiser.

The victim’s children were able to escape the home through a window and hid behind an Elephant Ears plant. The deputy then motioned for them to come take cover by the police vehicle as well.

Once backup arrived—which included Talladega County sheriff’s deputies and Sylacauga, Goodwater and Clanton police—the victim and her children were moved farther away from the home.

A perimeter was set up around the residence, and an SRT arrived.

A short time later—about 9:45 p.m.—Carden emerged from the woods line with his hands up and surrendered.

Police found an area in the woods where they said it appeared Carden had been waiting for the victim to get home. Authorities said he stole a gun, clothing, and a Bud Light from the home.


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