Authorities Release Details In Weekend Shooting Death
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities say the man shot by a sheriff’s deputy was hit three times in the chest.
Mitchel Campbell died Saturday night.
Deputies responded County Road 277 where authorities say Campbell was firing shots when they arrived.
Authorities say Campbell fired at least ten shots as deputies approached.
Law enforcement stopped a few homes away from Mitchel Campbell’s residence.
The scene was dark, but authorities say the threat was clear. According to sources, law enforcement heard the man yelling threats. Deputies also heard multiple shots fired.
Courthouse officials say that’s when the senior deputy on the scene made the decision to walk toward Campbell’s residence.
Sources say at some point, Mitchel Campbell put down his gun.
Then authorities say the lead officer identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy and made a move to arrest Campbell. Instead of surrendering, sources say that’s when Campbell picked up his .22 rifle again, and pointed it at the deputy. The deputy fired 3 shots, hitting the man twice in the chest, again in the arm. Authorities say the third bullet also traveled through Campbell’s chest.
“We’re in the process of gathering evidence and conducting interviews. Once we’re done with our investigation, we’ll submit all that to the Lauderdale County district attorney for a presentation to the grand jury,” said Bill Burke with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Two other deputies and a reserve officer were also at the scene.
Evidence collected from the home is being to the state forensics lab.