Police: Man Shoots, Kills Himself During Traffic Stop

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OWENS CROSSROADS, Ala. (WHNT) – A man shot himself Wednesday morning as police pulled him over in Owens Crossroads.

Huntsville Police say officers were checking traffic near Taylor Road due to several complaints about speeding in the area.  Officers stopped a vehicle that ran a stop sign near Taylor Road.

Harry Hobbs, spokesperson for Huntsville Police, said the officer reported the driver pulled his car off of Taylor Road onto Cove Valley Drive.  As the officer drove up to the vehicle, he saw the man pull out a gun and shoot himself.

The man died at the scene.  Police say the officer was not involved in any way.

Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary, which is a short distance away, locked down briefly as a precaution while police secured the scene.

The man was 53 years old and lived in Owens Crossroads.  Police have notified his family of his death.

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