815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801


Rex Reynolds                         Wendell Johnson

       Chief of Police               Public Affairs Administrator

(256) 427-7001                       (256) 427-7043  

      Special Operations             North Precinct              West Precinct        South Precinct
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Huntsville Police Correct Media Accounts on Crash


Huntsville, Alabama (January 5, 2007) After reviewing various news accounts of the deadly car crash that led to the death of 20-year-old Brandon Shoulders and the injury of 23-year-old Jessica Sykes, The Huntsville Police Department issues the following statement:


The Huntsville Police Department never said the occupants of the vehicle were robbery suspects. The officers wanted to stop the vehicle to question the driver based on the similarity to the BOLO issued by the Florence Police Department stating a silver or grey 4 door vehicle, possibly a Nissan Maxima may have been connected to a series of robberies. The driver of the vehicle was being stopped for questioning. A series of robberies have not been solved due to this unfortunate accident. Our officers have no reason to believe the vehicle or the victim is involved in any robberies. Media accounts are misleading and inaccurate. Our sincere prayers go out to the families of Mr. Shoulders and Ms. Sykes.