Suspect killed in Conecuh Co. police shootout now identified - Montgomery Alabama news.

Suspect killed in Conecuh Co. police shootout now identified

(Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is identifying the man killed in an Oct. 14 shootout with law enforcement as 57-year-old Evergreen resident Leslie Portis, Jr. 

Portis was killed after a Conecuh County standoff ended with him coming out of a house firing a gun at officers. Officers returned fire, killing Portis.

Alabama State Troopers responded to an area along U.S. Highway 31 between Evergreen and Castleberry to assist Sheriff Randy Brock's Office in an attempt to take an assault suspect into custody. ALEA spokesman Cpl. Jess Thornton said multiple attempts were made to persuade Portis to surrender.

The man was wanted for assault earlier in the evening out of Monroeville.

Thornton said Portis came out of the house where the standoff happened and fired multiple shots at law enforcement. That forced law enforcement to return fire. No officers were injured.

"SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) will thoroughly investigate both the officer involved shooting and the assault in Monroeville," ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier said. "I am very relieved that no officers were injured this evening." Collier, along with Col. John Richardson and SBI Director Gene Wiggins all responded to the scene.

The SBI will conduct the investigation as a matter of standard procedure due to the case involving an officer-related shooting. No other details surrounding the investigation of Portis have been released.

A criminal check on the man indicates no major criminal history.

ALEA says an investigation is ongoing.

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