SUMMERDALE, Ala. (WALA) - Officials said Summerdale Police Chief Eddie Ingram had to be transported to a local hospital Thursday night, March 7, after a fight with a suspect.
Police Chief Eddie Ingram is in the hospital, but the guy he fought last night, is worse off.
"He's a man of great size. He's 6'3 about 240 pounds, big time weight lifter. We knew we were dealing with someone dangerous," said Major Trent Dennis.
Investigators said Dennis was with Ingram when they and other police officers went to serve a felony warrant on Ray Middleton. According to authorities, Middleton had violated his probation for a rape charge.
Police said when the group arrived at the mobile home, Middleton took off. After a short chase, Middleton was in handcuffs, but this story doesn't end there.
"We got about halfway to the patrol car and he started kicking and flailing, screaming expletives. He planted his feet put his arms down and trapped Chief Ingram's arm under his. He threw all his weight back on him and crushed his leg," Dennis said.
Dennis said he heard a snap. Police said Dennis then tased Middleton twice. Meanwhile, Chief Ingram had a broken leg. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Dennis said the chief will have to undergo several surgeries.
"He's tough as nails, extremely resilient. You're talking about a highly trained police officer. He's an expert in weapons and hand to hand fighting but this guy just bucked up on us. It happens in this job," Dennis said.
As far as Middleton is concerned, Dennis said they're asking for the highest bond amount possible. He's currently in the Baldwin County Corrections Facility.
Dennis said Middleton has an extensive criminal history including more than 63 arrests. He's been jailed a number of times, and is a registered sex offender.
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