Eufaula requests ABI help with Thursday 'death investigation'

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EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Eufaula man. The ABI's investigation comes at the request of the Eufaula Police Chief, J.C. West over speculation that the man was shot during a raid.

The man's body was discovered at a home in Eufaula early Thursday morning by officers of the Eufaula Police Department. Neither the victim's identity nor the manner in which he died was made available.

Investigators tell Raycom station WTVM-TV that the case was not turned over to the ABI because of an officer-related shooting, despite reports to the contrary.

Detective Ericka Herrington with EPD said Eufaula's SWAT team had a "no knock" search warrant on the residence for drugs. Once inside the home, officers found the man's body. Neighbors reported hearing loud noises which Herrington said were flash bang diversion devices, not gun fire, detonated inside the home and in the yard.

Herrington would not identify the man, nor would she classify the investigation as a homicide, calling it a "death investigation". Herrington would say that the man lived at the house, was the only person in the house and was the focus of the drug investigation.

The body has been transported to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery, where an autopsy will be performed.

ABI's investigative report, when completed, will be provided to the Eufaula Police Department and the Barbour County District Attorney's Office.

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