Man's companion speaks out about officer involved shooting - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Man's companion speaks out about officer involved shooting

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

New details are being revealed about the moments leading up to an officer involved shooting in Phenix City.

The shots were fired at a home on 8th Street during a domestic violence call around 4:30 Sunday afternoon.

News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles spoke exclusively to the a woman who says she is a close companion of the man police shot. Police have not released his name, but she had identified him as 47-year-old Henry Jonathan Vanwettering.

"I was going to take him some food as I normally do on Sundays and when I drove up I saw all of the police cars and I asked, ‘what happened'? A woman who said she was his wife's best friend said,' he deserved it because he tried to kill my best friend'."

Horrified by the news, tears instantly began to roll down her face. Phenix City police officers released a statement saying the man pointed what appeared to be an AK-47 style rifle at them and refused to obey their commands and responded aggressively toward them.

"I know he was trying to take care of two households and he was struggling financially. If he snapped I know something had to have happen because he would never do anything to bring harm to his children."

The woman also said she spoke to the wife about what lead up to the shooting.

"She said he had gotten his car repossessed at her house and he was kind taking on the ‘poor me' attitude and she said let me take you home. And on the way she said he started strangling me in the car in front of our 6 year old and he pulled out a butcher knife."

The wife and son are said to be okay. They managed to get out of the car and ran to a neighbor's house where they called for help. Meanwhile, Vanwettering is in unsatisfactory condition at Midtown Medical Center.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is conducting the probe, which is normal procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:53:41 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:27:21 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
  • In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:26:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>
  • North Korea suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests

    North Korea suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:25:22 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:25:22 GMT
    North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported. (Source: Raycom Media)North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported. (Source: Raycom Media)

    North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported.

    More >>

    North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly