Former Alabama Trooper in Court

The case of a former Alabama state trooper, who was indicted on a charge of firing shots at a fleeing suspect, was on the Sumter County Circuit Court docket Wednesday.

Nicholas Gist is accused of first degree assault, for allegedly firing shots at a suspect during a chase in July 2008 in York, Ala.

Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway denied Gist's request for a change of venue.

The charge stems from an incident in which Gist and another state trooper were going to meet with a citizen whose motorcycle had been impounded in while Gist was on duty.

When the two showed up to meet with the plaintiff, Gist says the man ran away. This led to a chase and Gist allegedly firing about five shots at the man. Gist says he fired the shots to scare the man.

Gist case is expected to come to trial during the next court term, in the week of May 17. If found guilty, Gist could face anywhere from two to 20 years behind bars.


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  • by Eldon Richardson Location: Meridian on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    It's to bad the officer didn't hit him. It time we support our police officers and not try to charge them with a crime when they are putting their live of the line trying to protect us! Lets support them!!
  • by Frances Location: meridian on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    If the lawmen can't us their guns then why let them carry them. The problem with the criminals these days is they know they have more rights then the lawmen and the average citizen. Something has got to be done to take back our rights and the rights of the lawmen.
  • by FED UP with criminals Location: Mississippi on Apr 29, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    WHY did he run? The officer had every right to fire at him if he ran. It comes down to RESPECT of the LAW!!!!
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