MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile County teenager remained in jail Wednesday, July 10 on charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Devin Evans, 17, is accused of opening fire on sheriff's deputies Tuesday, July 9.
We're learning that he admitted to using spice, or synthetic marijuana, before the shooting happened.
SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED
Sheriff officials said it all started when they got a call from a woman who lives off Findley Court in Wilmer, who said her grandson stole her shotgun and ran into the woods.
Deputies came to the scene and looked for a teenager, later identified as Evans, but he was gone.
Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said, "As the deputy was leaving, this young man fired two blasts from the shotgun, apparently with buckshot, into the side and the rear of the deputy's car, shattering the windows and shooting many rounds into the side of the car."
Cochran said the deputy got to a safe area in the car, called for backup.
Deputies said they spotted Evans running in a field and caught him with the help of a police dog.
Cochran said of the deputy's injuries, "He sustained some glass fragments hit his arm, but he was not struck with any of the buckshot."
Cochran said Evans confessed to firing the gun at the deputy - and also something else.
"He admitted to the investigators that he had smoked some spice earlier in the afternoon."
"IT WASN'T MY DEVIN"
Tressie Weaver is Evans' grandmother.
She said Evans got home from a friend's house, was acting erratic and ran to his room.
Weaver said, "He let go of the door and ran out with a shotgun. I looked at him and it looked like he just looked up at me and I can see it wasn't my Devin."
EFFECTS OF SPICE
Sheriffs Narcotics Commander Rassie Smith said if Evans smoked spice, he's not surprised he would act very strangely.
Smith said, "You're just as likely to pick up a gun and kill your child as anything else. You shoot a deputy or yourself."
"I AM IN SHOCK"
Evans' relatives couldn't believe his behavior Tuesday.
Evans cousin, Crystal Weaver, said, "I am in shock. This child is so humble. I mean, when he comes around to my house it's like he's afraid to even fix himself something to drink."
Weaver said, "I did the best that I can do to raise him. I love my baby."
Officials confirm Evans has no criminal history.
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