Sheriff: Elmore County deputy shoots, kills man armed with knife

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 8:18 PM CDT
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ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A man is dead after an Elmore County deputy shot him, according to Sheriff Bill Franklin.

Franklin said it happened on Timber Trail in the Redland Community around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Franklin, it was a domestic situation. He said the man walked toward responding deputies with a small machete-like knife and behaved erratically. Franklin said a deputy shot the man, killing him. The sheriff identified him as 32-year-old Jonathan Pears.

Franklin says he has called for a third party agency to investigate the matter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to indicate the incident happened in the Redland Community, not the Emerald Mountain neighborhood or subdivision.

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