Man injured in officer-involved shooting in Arab; responding deputy injured in wreck

A Marshall County deputy crashed on the way to assist in an officer-involved shooting.
A Marshall County deputy crashed on the way to assist in an officer-involved shooting.(Source: Viewer)
Updated: Oct. 21, 2019 at 6:09 PM CDT
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ARAB, Ala. (WAFF) - An officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Arab.

Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston said a suspicious male tried to get inside five different homes at Country Club Drive. However, no one would let him inside.

While making his last attempt, residents called police who were able to intervene.

Ralston said the suspect got into an altercation with a responding officer. A stun gun was used first. The suspect was placed in handcuffs but broke free.

An officer tackled him, but he got on top of the officer and then tried to remove officer’s weapon, Ralston said.

A second officer fired three shots, hitting the man. It is not clear how many times he was hit.

“The officers did what they had to do to stop that threat and keep everybody safe," Ralston said.

He was taken to Huntsville Hospital. He was alert, coherent and talking when transported, Ralston said. The suspect is expected to make a full recovery at this time.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to conduct the investigation, as is protocol with these type of cases.

The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative leave.

There are multiple videos of altercation, according to Ralston.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie said a deputy on the way to assist ended up hydroplaning and crashed on U.S. 231.

The deputy was taken to Crestwood Medical Center and is expected to be O.K.

“After looking at that SUV, which clearly does not look like an SUV anymore, we appreciate everybody trying to get there," Ralston said. "The weather was probably one of the most adverse conditions we didn’t need in something like this.”

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