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Suspect in Leeds officer-involved shooting in critical condition

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The shooting happened near this home on Jackson Avenue. Source: WBRC video The shooting happened near this home on Jackson Avenue. Source: WBRC video
Ronald Hunter. Source: Family photo Ronald Hunter. Source: Family photo
LEEDS, AL (WBRC) -

A UAB spokesperson says that a suspect shot in Leeds Monday night is in critical condition.

Ronald Hunter was shot by an officer after a short vehicle pursuit that ended in the 8100 block of Jackson Avenue.

Officers were originally called to a shooting at an apartment complex on Fresco Avenue. When officers arrived they say Hunter fled in a vehicle.

Hunter's wife, Shirley, spoke to FOX6 News Tuesday afternoon. She says she is in complete shock and has a lot of questions about what happened.

Shirley Hunter says her husband is not a violent man. She says he was a pastor for 14 years at the Jesus Way Kingdom of God Apostolic Church.

She says that one year ago, Hunter suffered from a brain aneurysm and has been sick ever since. She tells us that he was moved to the ICU Tuesday.

One of Hunter's neighbors tells us he was a friendly man.

"Great by. We would play basketball, football right here," Drew Headley said. "He would come and get [the ball] for us and throw it back over. So that is just crazy to me."

There are no other suspects in this case and the officer was not injured. The ABI is investigating the shooting, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings according to Leeds Police Chief Byron Jackson.

The ABI says they cannot comment on the case as it is ongoing but did say that these investigations can take months to complete.

Jackson says that the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

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