HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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
(256) 427-7157 (256) 746-4111 (256) 427-5461 (256) 213-4503
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.