The Birmingham Police Department says youth evangelist Matt Pitt attempted to elude police by jumping off of a cliff on Red Mountain before his arrest on Tuesday.
Sergeant Johnny Williams with Birmingham PD says Pitt left his vehicle while leaving a television station on Red Mountain. After a foot chase and an off-target taser attempt, Pitt ran to the edge of a cliff southeast of Vulcan and jumped approximately 45 feet down to 20th Street, according to Williams.
Williams said officers were at the base of the cliff and saw Pitt climb out of a ditch after the jump. Birmingham offices handcuffed him and turned him over to Jefferson County deputies at the scene. Medical assistance was called, but deputies said they would get treatment for Pitt.
Use of Force paperwork was filled out for the taser attempt. Williams says no officers reported using force against Pitt.
Here is the complete statement from Sgt. Williams:
When our officers encountered Mr. Pitt, he exited his vehicle while attempting to leave the television station on Red Mountain. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit atop Red Mountain and one of the officers deployed the taser at Mr. Pitt, but missed. Mr. Pitt continued to run to the edge of a cliff southeast of Vulcan and jumped to the ground below (approximately 45 feet) on 20th Street. BPD officers and JCSO deputies were at the base of the cliff and observed him climb from a ditch after his jump. The BPD officers handcuffed him and turned him over to the JCSO deputies on the scene. The medics were called by Sgt. Boswell, but cancelled after the JCSO took custody of him and stated that they would get Pitt medical attention and left with him. I/O reports were done and Use of Force paperwork on the taser (Although it did not make contact with Mr. Pitt). No officer reported using any force on Pitt.
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