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Shane Eugene Carden
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A Stewartville man was arrested last Thursday on multiple charges, including capital murder, following an alleged case of burglary.
On July 28 the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident on County Road 39 in the Stewartville community stating that someone had broken into their home.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that upon arrival Deputy Logan Mitchell heard a gunshot from inside the residence. A woman ran from the house, and the male subject, later identified as Shane Eugene Carden, then fired a shot at Mitchell.
Mitchell provided cover for the woman and her children until assistance arrived to escort them to safety. Respondents from Talladega County, Sylacauga Police Department, Goodwater Police Department, and Chilton County were also dispatched to the scene to assist.
After the woman and her children were moved to safety, a perimeter was established around the residence. The Sheriff’s Office reported that “several minutes later” a Talladega County deputy saw Carden coming out of the woods around the house with his hands raised in the air.
Carden, 35 years old and a resident of County Road 39 in Stewartville, was taken into custody and transported to the Coosa County Jail in Rockford.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office proceeded to process the crime scene, and that resulted in Carden being charged with two counts of attempted murder, burglary and second-degree theft of property.
Additionally, Carden had two outstanding warrants for probation violation.
He was processed into the Coosa County Jail with a total bond of $165,000 for the criminal charges and no bond for the probation revocations.
“This is a tragic event that could have resulted in someone losing their life,” Sheriff Michael Howell stated. “My deputies put their lives on the line to protect the victim and her children. I’m grateful no one was injured, and I appreciate the sacrifice our deputies made in order to make sure the victims were safe.”
He added, “I would to like to thank my deputies, investigators and all the surrounding agencies that assisted us with this case.”
Carden’s criminal record includes a previous arrest on October 26, 2017, in Coosa County. That incident occurred on County Road 53 in the Stewartville area when Carden reportedly became agitated with the victim and produced a firearm, with there also being an altercation between the suspect and victim that resulted in minor injuries.
At that time Carden also reportedly discharged the firearm into an unoccupied vehicle before leaving the scene.
In that case Carden was charged with discharging a firearm into an unoccupied vehicle, third-degree domestic violence menacing and third-degree domestic violence/assault.
Prior to last week’s arrest, Carden’s last arrest in Coosa County was December 9, 2017, when he was arrested on warrants for failure to appear on those three charges from October 2017. Following the December 2017 arrest, he remained at the Coosa County Jail until September 25, 2018, when he was transferred to the Department of Corrections.