Chief Bill Partridge said the suspect was shot by two police officers in a store known as Dr. Phonefix.com and Accessories after he threatened both officers with a knife. Customers were in the store during the shooting, Partridge said, but no one else was harmed.
Police received a call at 11:58 a.m. from an individual driving on Snow Street who recognized a man walking on the street as the suspect who had broken into the individual’s home. The suspect also had several active felony warrants with the Oxford and Anniston police departments, Partridge said.
Later, another call was received saying the man was in Love Stuff’s parking lot. When officers canvassed the area they found the suspect in Dr. Phonefix.com and Accessories.
Partridge said an investigator and two uniformed officers approached the suspect. Police said they could smell alcohol on the man’s breath and could see he was intoxicated. One of the officers asked the suspect to step out in the parking lot to speak to him. The suspect cursed at the officer and said he wasn’t going outside, Partridge said.
According to Partridge, the suspect then pulled out a knife and began slashing at the officers. The chief said police yelled at the man to drop the weapon.
“They used a Taser in an attempt to use less lethal force on him and get him to drop the knife,” Partridge said. He indicated with his hands that the knife was approximately 6 to 7 inches long.
The stun gun hit the suspect’s chest and abdomen, but police said his clothing and leather jacket may have been too thick to penetrate.
“The Taser either didn’t make good contact or didn’t faze him,” Partridge said.
The police chief said the suspect continued to “charge the officers” and they shot and killed him inside the store.
“When you resort to lethal force an officer has no option but to put you down,” Partridge said. “Citizen safety and officer safety is paramount.”
Police were still waiting on the coroner to arrive at the scene and to notify the suspect’s family before releasing his name. Since an officer was involved in the shooting, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, Partridge said.
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