Suspect identified in deadly Tuscumbia officer involved shooting

Suspect identified in deadly Tuscumbia officer involved shooting
Authorities gather Tuesday in the backyard of a South Mulberry Street residence in Tuscumbia, where a man was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police. (Source: Bernie Delinski)

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WAFF) - We’re learning new information about a deadly officer involved shooting in Tuscumbia. According to our news partners at the Times Daily, the suspect has been identified as 38 year old Kenneth Sashington. The coroner says he lived in the neighborhood where the incident happened.

It started around 3:55 a.m. when officers were responding to a call about suspicious activity at the Trenholm Heights Apartments. Neighbors say someone was banging on doors.

According to Chief Logan, officers found someone they believed was involved. Logan says that person fired shots at the officers and ran away. Officers chased them to South Mulberry and 10th Street where more shots were fired and the suspect was hit and killed. One woman who lives nearby told the Times Daily she could hear the shots in her home. “It was as loud as if it was right in front of me,” she said. “It was boom, boom, boom, a lot of shots. It sounded like a war zone down there.” Another woman says she feared for her life. “I heard the shotgun shots go off,” Anita Wallace added. “It scared the heck out of me. I called 911 to say someone was beating on our door. I thought we were going to die.”

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Colbert County District Attorney’s Office are now handling the case.

According to Sheffield Police, they arrested Sashington earlier this month, charging him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, after they received a call that he was harassing people at a restaurant and at a convenience store.

Logan says none of the officers were seriously injured in the incident.

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