Selma officers on leave after shooting

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Selma Police Chief William Riley is confirming that police officers involved in a shooting incident Thursday morning have been placed on temporary leave while an investigation is conducted.

Chief Riley said the shooting incident happened around 8:45am when the officers responded to a burglary in progress call on Helen Street.

Officers indicated that as they arrived on the scene they saw a man come out of the home carrying a handgun. The man fled the scene on foot and officers pursued him.

Riley said citizens reported the suspect's whereabouts through the neighborhood via 911 calls, and officers followed him across the bypass highway, into a wooded area and then into an open field.

The Chief said officers warned the burglary suspect to drop his weapon or they would release a K-9 unit to apprehend him. That's when Riley said the man fired the gun, even as the dog moved in to attack him.

Officers then returned fire, striking the man in the upper thigh. The man was taken to a Montgomery hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and several dog bites.

Authorities would not release any names or exactly how many officers were involved in the incident. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident as a matter of policy.

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