CHILDERSBURG, Ala. (AP) — A state inmate accused of ramming a police car and firing shots at police last year was on the loose Friday after escaping from a minimum-security facility in central Alabama.
Anthony Scott Marler, 47, fled a work-release center in Childersburg early Friday, according to a statement from the Department of Corrections. He was last seen wearing a white prison uniform.
Records show Marler was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2014 after being convicted of manufacturing drugs in Clay County. Court records show the Ashland man has a long record of drug and traffic offenses.
News outlets reported that on Dec. 6, police said Marler was driving a stolen pickup truck in Baldwin County when he rammed a police vehicle and fired shots at officers in Summerdale. Marler eluded capture but was arrested a week later in Jefferson County.
Marler had reportedly told relatives he had cancer and planned to shoot it out with police if confronted because he was dying anyway, Jefferson County authorities said at the time.