RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is conducting a police officer involved shooting investigation in the city of Russellville.
According to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett, the shooting happened Friday night behind an apartment complex south of downtown.
“This was just a typical call that they probably answered thousands of times that turned out to were someone almost lost their life over it,” explained Hargett.
Just before midnight Friday, Chief Chris Hargett says a patrol officer responded to a suspicious person call on Filmore Avenue.
While talking with a resident, Hargett explained the officer spotted the suspect and a foot chase ensued.
In a wooded area behind an apartment, Hargett said the officer deployed his Taser twice, but 28-year-old Waylan McClellan continued fighting with the officer.
During the fight Hargett said McClellan got the officer’s gun out of his holster.
“Then a fight ensued with the weapon,” Hargett said, “at which time the officer fired shots that hit the suspect.”
Hargett says McClellan was shot twice and transported to Huntsville Hospital.
Upon his release from the hospital Hargett said Waylan McClellan will be booked into the Franklin County Jail and charged with attempted murder, disarming a peace officer, felon with a weapon and theft.
“We’re just telling our guys this is exactly what we talk about,” stated Hargett. “Anything can happen at any time and you can’t let your guard down. We just have to be prepared.”
Chief Hargett said the officer did everything by the book before discharging his weapon.
According to Hargett, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation by the ABI.
Hargett added the officer has been with the department for 8-years and is a sergeant.