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Trooper hurt after fight with man he was trying to arrest

November 20, 2021 GMT

LIVINGSTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama state trooper trying to arrest a man was assaulted during a subsequent altercation and the man fled, authorities said Saturday.

It happened late Friday in Sumter County, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement.

The incident occurred at Alabama Highway 28 and Interstate 20/59 in Livingston sometime around 11:45 p.m. Officials said no shots were involved, and the incident was described as a physical altercation. ALEA did not say what Wade was initially being arrested for.

The injured trooper worked for ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division. He was treated at an area hospital for injuries sustained during the incident.

Authorities said state police and other law enforcement are searching for the suspect, Randy Lee Wade, 57, of Sumter County, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact the Tuscaloosa Highway Patrol.