Decatur man charged with attempted murder

DECATUR - The Decatur Police Department says one man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly attempting to run over a police officer with his vehicle Wednesday night.

Authorities say David Reed Jr., 48, is charged with attempted murder, resisting and obstructing a peace officer, and driving on a revoked license.  According to police sworn statements, an officer talked to Reed in the 200 block of South 19th Street, in connection with an earlier-reported complaint.

Decatur police say after a short conversation, the officer told Reed to stay where he was, and that he was not free to go.  However, authorities say Reed started to make his way toward a vehicle.  According to police sworn statements, the officer once again told Reed he was not free to go, at which point police say Reed allegedly got into the vehicle, put the vehicle into gear, and allegedly accelerated quickly toward the officer.

Decatur police say the officer reported jumping out of the way in order to avoid being struck by the vehicle.  Authorities say Reed was located by other Decatur police officers at his home later that day.

Reed is being held at the Macon County Jail on $1 million bond.  We will continue to update this story as more details become available.
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