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January 27, 2014

Somerville man facing attempted murder, other charges

Charges have been filed against a man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase early Saturday morning and shooting at officers who trailed him.

James Huber, 40, has been charged with two counts each of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude police, investigators have said. He's being held in the Madison County jail on $144,000 bond.

The chase began after a traffic top early Saturday morning and Huber shot at police who trailed him, authorities have said.

"During the chase, Huber's gunfire struck two Madison Police Department cars," Decatur police Lt. John Crouch said. No injuries were reported.

Huber eventually took refuge on a catwalk of the Hudson Memorial Bridge and surrendered after about six hours, officials have said.

Huber's 45-year-old wife, Melissa, was fatally shot earlier this month at the couple's home in Somerville and his grief likely factored into Saturday's incident, Sheriff Ana Franklin said.

"Just from talking with everyone, his statements have been that he is distraught over the death of his wife, and he wants to be with her," Franklin said.

Investigators have said one of the couple's children has been identified as a suspect in his wife's death. James Huber was distraught the day his wife was killed and had to be subdued with an electrical device, Franklin said. Authorities have said James Huber is not suspected in his wife's death.

It is unclear if Huber has an attorney.

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