Ernest Todd Combs, 43, faces a felony charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, according to a police report. He was released on a $10,000 bond from the Anniston City Jail on Wednesday, according to a jail worker.
The victim, 27-year-old Keith Rice, was not injured in the incident.
Rice works for Marco’s Pizza on U.S. 431. He told The Star by phone Wednesday that he had been walking back to his car around 9:30 p.m. when he noticed a pickup truck on the side of the road.
Rice said he thought he was blocking the truck from getting into the driveway so he got into his car to leave. After Rice got into his car the truck blocked him, he said.
Rice said Combs then got out of the truck and walked up to the car carrying a gun. According to his arrest report, Combs was drunk at the time of the incident.
Rice said Combs first fired four shots at his car and as he drove across Combs’ front lawn to get away, Combs fired three more times. When Rice got to a gas station on McClellan Boulevard, he called police.
Officers found three bullet holes in the hood of Rice’s car at the gas station, plus a hole in the front tire and a crack in the windshield, George said. Officers also found six shell casings in Combs’ front yard, George added.
Attempts to reach Combs by phone Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful.
Combs told officers that he asked Rice who he was before he started shooting, according to Anniston police Capt. Allen George.
According to George, Combs told police that Rice would not tell him why he was at his house when he was asked, so Combs fired several shots at the car to scare Rice away.
Rice said he had a company sign on his car and was in full uniform at the time of the incident. He said he did nothing to prompt the shooting and that Combs asked him nothing.
“I had my hat on, had my shirt on. I was toting a pizza bag back to the car when he pulled up so he had to know that I was the pizza delivery guy,” Rice said.
Combs is scheduled to appear in court March 17.
Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.