On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 7, the Covington County Sheriff’s Office was alerted when an ankle monitor was cut and/or removed from an inmate in the Work Release Program. Inmate Donald Turner was one of three working at the Covington County Arena. Turner stole a vehicle parked at the arena and abandoned the vehicle near the Stanley community.
Through a collaborative effort with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Troopers and a K-9 unit, Turner was tracked to a farm where he stole a second vehicle. A vehicle pursuit was initiated, and sheriff’s deputies exhausted all less-lethal efforts to end the pursuit. The pursuit was approaching an incorporated area of Andalusia and the decision was made to forcibly terminate the pursuit approximately two miles south of Andalusia.
Turner lost control of the vehicle he was operating and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Turner was incarcerated in the Covington County Jail for obstructing justice.
Details are limited at this time as the investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff Blake Turman said, “A sheriff must make tough decisions with very little time to think about it,” said Sheriff Blake Turman. “We were determined to keep him out of the more populated, incorporated areas of Covington County.”
Turman says the public’s safety is paramount and that was the deciding factor on how this incident was handled.
”I am grateful that no one else was hurt,” continued Turman. “ALEA State Bureau of investigations was contacted and is leading this investigation to assure transparency.”