Authorities said that on Wednesday, deputies fatally shot a suspect who had earlier fired a gun in the direction of a utility worker who was trying to turn off his water. The suspect then pointed a weapon at deputies.
The shooting took place in Russell County in eastern Alabama, near the Georgia border. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told a press conference that the man had “fired one round” at an employee of the waterworks who was at the house to turn off the water.
Taylor stated that deputies then went to the building of the waterworks to get a report and they saw the man leave the parking lot. Taylor stated that they pulled over the man during a traffic check and shot him when he “presented an firearm out of the window” in his vehicle.
The name of the man was not revealed. Both the deputies as well as the utility worker were uninjured.
Taylor stated that he didn’t think the deputies were justified in their actions, even though the gunman had fired on them.
This is a bad situation. It’s not acceptable to point a gun at law enforcement officers, regardless of whether it is legal for you to own that weapon. “Unfortunately, this is the result of a weapon pointed at a depute during a traffic stop,” said the sheriff. “It could have gone so many ways. I’m truly sorry that his life was lost.”
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is reviewing a shooting that was captured on video. Taylor stated that the recording would not be released due to an ongoing investigation.
Taylor believes that the man may have entered the building of the waterworks “to engage in another altercation” with people there, but he left after he saw deputies.
Sheriff said the man was previously denied a permit for a concealed pistol. Taylor didn’t elaborate, but said that he was involved in an altercation with a judge and had been marked as a mental patient who carried a gun by law enforcement.
Since the initial permit denial, Alabama abolished an Alabama law that required concealed carry permits.
Two deputies who were involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.