Deputy shoots, kills suspect in Pike County

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas
Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas
Rickey Shakleford
Rickey Shakleford

PIKE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Was it self defense or unnecessary force?

An investigation is underway in Pike County after an officer shot and killed a man Friday.

The shooting happened as officers attempted to arrest Rickey Shackelford.

Shackelford's father spokes with WSFA 12 News and invited our camera crew inside his home, the place where his son died.

John Shackelford has at least four bullet holes throughout his home, reminders of what happened there as he watched his son die.

"They murdered him," Mr. Shackelford says.

Sheriff's deputies and officials with the Department of Probation and Parole came to the home to arrest the suspect for violating his parole, but officials say Shackelford appeared determined not to go back to prison.

"As officers attempted to take Mr. Shackleford into custody, Shackleford rushed the officers with a machete in one hand and a 12 inch serrated hunting knife in the other hand," said Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.

Sheriff Thomas says officers ordered Shackelford to stop, but when he didn't the deputy shot him.

John Shackelford says he never knew his son to start a fight and remembers him as a good man.

"I'm going to miss him terribly," he said.

He believes his son didn't have to die and that officers used excessive force.

"They could have done something else to bring him down," he said

But officers say it was a case of self-defense, "He was ordered to stop, but raised his machete and continued toward the officer."

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is now looking in to the shooting since an officer was involved.

Officials say the deputy who shot Shackleford is a 20 year veteran of the sheriff's office.