ANNISTON: 2 charged after shots fired at lawmen during traffic stop, chase in east Alabama


Christopher Craig Rivers and Tondrea Marie Avans (7th Judicial Major Crimes Unit)


A man and a woman are in custody after shots were fired at lawmen during a Thursday-night traffic stop and subsequent chase.

The incident began about 10 p.m. when members of the 7th Judicial Major Crimes Unit and Anniston police tried to stop a suspicious silver Chevrolet Impala with North Carolina license plates, said Commander Allen George. The vehicle initially stopped, and a shot was fired from within the vehicle.

The vehicle then sped off and a chase ensued. During the chase, George said, several more shots were fired from the Impala.

The sedan eventually crashed at Highway 202 and Hunter Street. A white male fled on foot from the passenger’s side. He was identified as 39-year-old Christopher Craig Rivers of Heflin. Rivers was captured after a brief foot chase.

A white female was taken into custody while still in the vehicle. Authorities identified her as 38-year-old Tondrea Marie Avans, also of Heflin.

George said multiple guns were found inside the vehicle, and Rivers was still in possession of a firearm when he was taken into custody.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Birmingham, an investigator with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the Oxford Police Department also assisted in the chase and capture of Rivers. He is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, with more charges expected.

Avans is charged with fleeing/attempting to elude law enforcement. The investigation is ongoing.