Family, Friends Mourn Death Of Man Killed In Deputy-Involved Shooting
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Family members of the man killed in a deputy-involved shooting reached out to WHNT News 19 saying they don’t want Saturday night’s incident to shape the way people view who the victim was as a person.
Mitchel Keith Campbell, 31, was pronounced dead on the scene Saturday night. The shooting happened while a deputy was responding to a disturbance call between neighbors on County Road 277 in the Central Heights community.
Sheriff Ronnie Willis says the deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation results by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Sunday, the victim’s family members and friends reached out to WHNT News 19, understandably distraught over the incident.
Bob and Susanne Anderson have known Campbell for nine years. They say they are shocked something like this would happen to a man who was like a second son.
From the boathouse to the garden, Campbell’s handiwork can be seen all over their Wilson Lake home.
“He has worked down here on any and everything that he could. He felt like this was his place,” said Bob Anderson. “He cared about whatever he did no matter what it was.”
Anderson says he’s trusted Campbell as long as he’s known him. He had a key to their home, their boat, and was as close as family.
Anderson says, whatever happened Saturday night, Mitchell Campbell was a good man: selfless, hardworking, and would do anything to help his family and friends.
“I had a real problem with surgery last year, prostate surgery, and just about died over it. And Mitch called my wife and said he and his family and their son would come up to our house in Tennessee and stay up there for nothing, and do whatever we needed done while I was down on the couch for eight weeks,” recalled Anderson.
As the investigation continues, all the Andersons and Campbell’s family can do is grieve and hope for understanding.
“I can’t ask for a better man. He’s 31 years old and could be my son. I loved him,” said Anderson, through tears, as he recalled the last time he saw Campbell.
“He hugged my neck, at 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Standing right up here, thanking me for everything I’d done for him.”
Those last moments together are meaningful for Bob Anderson, and he hopes Campbell knew how much he meant to him.
“Thank you. I love you, man.”