Alabama man charged after firing gun at police officer, police say

Published 10:35 am Saturday, October 29, 2022

An Alabama man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer after police say the man shot at a police officer.

Police in Lanett, Alabama, said at approximately 8 p.m. Friday, officers were called to a residence in the 1600 block of Tanyard Road in reference to a verbal dispute.

Once the officer arrived on the scene, they observed Stefanus Benecke on the porch of the residence.

As the officer was preparing to exit their patrol car, Benecke fired a gun at the police car.

The officer was able to reposition the vehicle out of the line of fire and other members of law enforcement responded to the scene.

Benecke was taken into custody and charged with the attempted murder of the police officer. He was transported to the Chambers County Detention Facility, where he is currently being held.

The officer did not sustain any injuries. The name of the officer will not be released at this time.