SWAT shoots man threatening police, others

David Pressley (Source: Montgomery Police Dept.)
David Pressley (Source: Montgomery Police Dept.)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A tense situation on Argyle Road Thursday evening lead to a man being shot by a SWAT team. The man, identified as 46-year-old David Pressley, was shot in the shoulder after he continued to approach officers with a weapon.

The incident started around 10:30 p.m Thursday as patrol units responded to a domestic complaint at 2718 Argyle Road.  When the officers arrived two people reported Pressley had threatened them with a handgun. According to the officers, while they were talking to the witnesses Pressley came outside with a gun and started making threats.

A SWAT team and hostage negotiators were called to the scene and after talking with him, the negotiators were met with threats of violence. Pressley threatened to kill himself and officers.

When the armed suspect came out of the house and started walking towards the officers he was hit with a non-lethal bean bag. When the beanbag didn't work, SWAT team members turned to real bullets, shooting the man in the left shoulder.

The wounded man was taken to Baptist South Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. Police say Pressley made statements that he wanted to die and he wanted the police to kill him.

Mr. Pressley was charged with Domestic Violence (Menacing) and with Menacing against a Police Officer and placed into the City Jail with a hold for the Montgomery County Detention Facility for the Domestic Violence (Menacing) charge.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating the Police Shooting.