MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has been closely following a story first reported Saturday, June 8 on FOX10 News at 9 p.m.
On Saturday night, an Alabama State Trooper shot and killed a man after a high speed chase near Wilmer.
"I heard three shots," sad one man.
Those shots killed 21-year-old Garrett Joshua Chruma of Eight Mile.
On Saturday night, the scene of lights and yellow tape covered a portion of Mason Ferry Road as onlookers watched police investigate.
"They killed him, shot him on the motorcycle. Shot him," said one lady.
On Sunday, locals said Chruma was friendly and treated people well.
"He was always a good guy whenever he'd come in. I don't know too much about his personal life but it's unfortunate," said Ryan Brannon.
Ryan is the cashier at the Chevron on the corner of Lott and Georgetown Wilmer roads.
He said Chruma came in to buy a few items Saturday night.
"Whenever he left out of here, a state trooper had apparently spotted him taking off on his motorcycle without a helmet," said Ryan.
Ryan said the trooper asked him who was driving the motorcycle, then ran out the door.
Locals in the area say once the victim left the corner gas station, he sped hurriedly down Mason Ferry Road on his motorcycle without a helmet on, going much faster than the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.
"All of a sudden, he took off really fast around the corner we couldn't see. Well, by the time we got up around the corner we seen two state troopers with their guns pulled on a man and he was laying in the ground," said a woman.
"I do know that it resulted in Garrett dying before LifeFlight had even landed," said Ryan.
This was not Chruma's first run-in with the authorities. Since 2010, he's been booked into Mobile Metro Jail twice, including one charge of attempting to elude police.
Troopers are not yet saying exactly how Chruma's latest brush with the law led to gunshots.
FOX10 News tried reaching out to family members on Sunday, June 9.
They were not available to comment on the incident.
FOX10 News will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available.
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