UPDATE: Suspect in custody after shooting at officer
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: Chattanooga police have arrested Jeffrey Frederique after a police chase Thursday, where he fired at police officers pursuing him.
The man first tried to swerve his car and crash into a patrol car, then he shot at police while trying to drive away.
He's charged with trying to kill a police officer.
Police Chief Fred Fletcher, says one of the city's most dangerous criminals is now off the streets.
"This person needs to go to jail and stay in jail for a long time," Fletcher said.
It started as a traffic stop, but ended with attempted first degree murder charges on a police officer.
Police say after 31-year old Jeffery Frederique refused to stop his car. He pulled out a handgun and fired at least four shots at officers out his car window.
Chattanooga Police did not fire back and the suspect crashed his car into this tree while shooting and driving.
"He suffered serious injuries as a result of his own decision to try and operate a vehicle while firing a firearm at my police officers," Fletcher said.
Bullets missed all the patrol cars and officers, and there was no damage to any nearby properties.
"Thankfully because it could have been very very different," Fletcher said, "This person clearly had no regard for human life."
Channel 3 has learned this wasn't Frederique's first car chase with police.
He was involved in a police chase in 2006 in Fort Oglethorpe.
Frederique was wanted for home invasion robberies. The chase ended when Frederique lost control of the car and crashed into a home.
Frederique has a long list of prior charges and police say he's a suspect in several more.
"We have significant reason to believe that he has been involved in more crimes than this," Fletcher said, "And we will pursue them fully to make sure that this dangerous criminal does not endanger any more of my police officers or any more of my community members."
Fletcher says Chattanooga Police have taken 702 guns off the streets last year. He hopes that number increased this year.
Fletcher says it's not the first time his officers have been shot at while trying to catch a criminal.
"It's the second time it's happened to my officers in the last six months," He said, "It's the second time my officers have taken the suspect into custody with no use of force."
A semi-auto handgun as well as what appeared to be marijuana, crack cocaine, and powdered cocaine were recovered from the scene.
Frederique will be charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, felony evading and resisting arrest.
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A Chattanooga officer, on patrol, came across an SUV on Holtzclaw Avenue.. The driver of the SUV swerved at the officer's car but did not make contact.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off.
During the chase, the suspect fired at the officers. The officers did not return fire.
The chase ended in a crash in the 3200 block of New York Avenue, with the suspect being injured. The suspect was taken to the hospital for the injuries.
Chattanooga police have not released the identity of the suspect.
Sunday, August 20 2017 4:51 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:51:38 GMT
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