DEVELOPING: Officer involved shooting at Huntsville Public Safety Complex

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A  34-year-old man wielding a knife crashed a vehicle into a parked Huntsville Police car outside the Public Safety Complex Wednesday evening, prompting an officer to shoot and kill the man.

Huntsville Police Captain JesHenry Malone said Reginald Owens rammed several parked Alabama State Trooper vehicles at that office before driving  the van through a barricade at the Huntsville Public Safety Complex and smashing into a police cruiser around 5:00 p.m.

Investigators say the man the jumped out of the car with a knife in his hand, and two police officers fired at him.

No officer was injured during the incident.

 

Drew Galloway October 8, 20145:26 pm

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Madison County Metro-Jail.

Our crews on the scene see a large police and emergency response team in the parking lot, in addition to some wrecked vehicles.

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A police source said a person in a car drove into the parking lot at the Madison County Metro-Jail at a fast rate and crashed into several cars.

The person exited the car with a weapon and an officer shot the person.

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Here’s a view from the Madison County Metro-Jail.

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Huntsville Police Captain JesHenry Malone said at a press conference that a man drove a van through a barricade in the Madison County Jail and smashed into a police cruiser.

The man the jumped out of the car with a knife in his hand and the police officer in the cruiser fired at him.

No officer was injured.

Drew Galloway October 8, 20146:09 pm

A source said the man who rammed the police cruiser lunged at the officer with the knife. The source said the man is in the hospital in critical condition.

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Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris (L) and Captain JesHenry Malone (R) at a news conference.

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BREAKING: We’re hearing now that the man who lunged at an officer with a knife is dead.

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Authorities are waiting to notify the next of kin before the person’s identity is released.

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Police say the barricade the driver of the van broke through separated the regular parking lot from a parking lot reserved for police officers.

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The flow of information has slowed, but we are still working aggressively to learn more about this incident. Stay tuned for more updates.

Matt Kroschel October 8, 20148:58 pm

BREAKING: Huntsville Police Captain JesHenry Malone said Reginald Owens rammed several parked Alabama State Trooper vehicles at their office before driving the van through a barricade at the Madison County Jail and smashing into a police cruiser around 5:00 p.m. We will have LIVE updates at 10:00 pm with reporter @Matt_Kroschel

53 comments

  • Bob

    It wasn’t the jail parking lot idiot. It was the rear HPD lot where officers park. Had nothing to do with the jail. Get your facts straight.

    • LAC

      wow Bob, obsess over stupid meaningless details much? The jail and HPD public safety complex are connected… the are the same building. The parking lot is at that building……find a hobby there buddy.i

    • Say What

      It sounds like a possible case of suicide by cop. People know that the police will shot first and ask questions later and give them what they want! There once was a time when the police had enough compassion to help citizens in distress — not anymore.

      • Max

        Kinda hard to ask somebody what is wrong when they are attacking you with a knife! Why don’t you try it sometime and let me know how that works out for you. Better yet why don’t you become a Police Officer and see if you could do a better job in the same situation. That’s right you would most likely run away. Police Officers are not trained to run away from danger. They are trained to confront it. I bet the next time there is a person with a gun or knife acting bizarre in your neighborhood you’ll go right out and see if you can talk him down. Once again let me know how that works out for you. Should I send flowers to your funeral or just donate to your favorite charity?

      • Say What

        Max, I already was in law enforcement. I have been out of that area for about twenty years. Back in my time, we did subdue many people with knifes — without shooting them down in the parking lot!

      • Max

        Well since you brought it up how long were you in L.E. and where was it? I’m currently in L.E. and have been in on and off for almost the last thirty years. L.E. is not the same as it was when you were sworn. There wasn’t the microscope then as there is now. Our word used to mean something, but not any longer. If it’s not on Video then everyone questions our side of the what happened as if we are lying. I can tell you though that if we lie on the job then we are fired. That is as it should be. Our honesty and integrity is everything! I don’t lie to save my butt. If I make a mistake I own up to it, take my punishment and move on. For you to make assumptions on what happened before the investigation has concluded makes you as bad as those in Ferguson, MO. As somebody who represents himself as prior L.E. that is pretty disappointing.

    • LAC

      Aaannddd…we see Bob has returned from the welfare officer, refreshed from food purchased with food stamps..ready to argue details that mean absolutely nothing.

      • Mel

        LMAO! You are probably right.
        I can’t add much to the thread that you haven’t already covered-even plain enough for a stupid person to understand…and yet…they still want to argue that officer should have had a pillow ready for that wielded knife. I’d bet my next paycheck they would have been forced to make the same exact decision.
        Ugh! Like, I guess you’re SUPPOSED to-first: diagnose an individual…after taking that time to do that (you know, sit and discuss-tell him to wait with the knife), second: decide if he’s better with a big knife than you are with a baton…and third…most important…decide if you should protect your own life, so you may go home to your family. Hmmm.
        I have a feeling these people that harp on officers are just jealous because they don’t have the balls to do it themselves, so they criticize as much as they can…or, they are criminals and hate they have officers to tend with. I wish the latter would-since the want a lawless state-go inhabit a lawless island somewhere. After about a month they’d all be dead.
        I G N O R A N T (or, just plain STUPID) minds will never understand what law enforcement officers face daily. It’s actually very sad and disgraceful.

  • Red

    Another mentally ill person killed. He had a knife. That gives the police the right to shoot to kill. They also have some judgement that they can use to determine whether or not the mentally ill person with the knife could actually injure somebody with it, but you don’t hear about that judgement call coming up with any other option but shoot to kill. I’m sure it happens sometimes.

    • Max

      Another uniformed and ignorant statement. Hey Red let’s see if somebody lunges at you with a knife and you just stand there. A knife can easily kill a person. Hit an artery and you’ll bleed out quickly. Officers are trained to use deadly force on a person who closes a gap of 21 feet. That’s how long it takes to unholster, draw down and stop the threat. Officers want to go home every night just like you do. Oh and by the way HPD does NOT carry Tasers. Another thing, Officers do not Shoot to Kill. They shoot to stop the threat.

    • LAC

      So RED, you can sit in a car rammed by a van, have the driver jump out and come at you with a knife and you have the ability to determine a mental illness where shooting the person should not be an option? That is impressive, lets see how that ability works out when you are in fear of your life and not sitting behind your computer.

      • Say What

        We have a problem when a parking lot full of police officers can not control a person with a knife and shots them dead.

      • Max

        You’re statement is ignorant as you are. Like I discussed earlier HPD does NOT carry Tasers!!!! If a person is within a 21 foot gap and is lunging at you with a knife the only defense is a firearm. There is no other alternative!!!! Officers are not trained to disarm a person attacking them with a knife using their hands or a baton nor should they be, that is way to dangerous. I hate to say it but the subject chose to end his own life using a Police Officer to do it for him. As the old saying goes “he brought a knife to a gunfight”. Also, before anyone asks it doesn’t matter what color the Officer was. He or she can be killed by a knife, because we all bleed RED!

    • Max

      To say the person is trash is reckless. He obviously had some issues and needed help. Unfortunately he chose wrong when he attacked the Officer. Let’s pray for the Officer because he had to take a mans life to defend himself. That’s the last thing any Officer wants to do. Let’s pray for the man’s family as they are going through the loss of their family member. Lastly let’s pray for the man and his soul. I hope he found peace. God Bless.

    • True Facts

      So does that make the police officer that shot and killed michale brown TRASH.We should focus on the trash inside the house meaning HPD AND ANY. OTHER PD THAT THE TRASH HASN’T BEEN TAKEN OUT. CLEAN UP THE INSIDE B FOR YOU TALK ABOUT THE OUTSIDE

  • Paul

    Surely some company manufacturers non lethal bullets that are still highly incapacitating. I’m just fed up with officers killing everyone everywhere. There has to be another way. It’s getting out of control.

    • Just saying

      Paul- what is getting out of control is the way people act. Your comment is as stupid as they come. You know nothing of the situation, so go elsewhere.

      • Say What

        People also lunged at police officers in the 1960s. They were not shot down like dogs! Police back in those times were man enough to handle people with knifes using their training and their batons!

      • LAC

        Average number of officer line of duty deaths:
        in the 60s – 157 (you know….when they were name enough to fight people with knives)
        in the 70s – 230
        in the 80s – 190
        in the 90s – 161
        in the 00s – 165
        2010-2014 – 138 ( you know…where they are no longer man enough to fight someone with a knife)

        So saywhat, your opinion or an officers life? Ill chose the officers life.

        All stats, unlike anything saywhat has ever posted, can be confirmed at national law enforcement officer memorial fund website.

      • Say What

        LAC, you numbers are totally spurious (I know, you will need to look that word up in the dictionary) to this issue. The majority of police officers are killed in automobile related incidents. Your numbers do not say anything about how people with knifes were treated by law enforcement in the past or today!

      • LAC

        And neither does your comment or anything else you have ever posted on here. The man rammed a police car with a 2000 pound weapon. Since you claimed to have been in law enforcement you will understand this term…totality of circumstances. I am sure there are instances these day of officers unarming someone with a knife, however it appears the “totality of circumstances” here certainly appear to have warranted lethal force. Again instead of calling me stupid you could add something to the thread. However, I understand that is highly unlikely. I remember an old said – If you are 20 and conservative you dont have a heart if you are 40 and liberal you dont have a brain.
        Anyone wanting to take the time to learn can verify the stats I posted and as to your comments well…much the same as always.. judging the actions of someone in a life or death situation from the comfort of your home… because somehow the officers today simply are not as mainly as you were “back then.”

      • Michael

        That same site betrays your post. I should know because I’ve used the same site to state that there is a false narrative on just how dangerous LEO jobs are. Most officer deaths in the line of duty are vehicular in nature (which kinda fits in this story since the guy did ram into cars), not because people are assaulting officers left and right.

      • LAC

        I never said how they were killed. I said in the line of duty deaths. So no, the site does not betray what I said. A fact is a fact and it doesnt change with the narrative you wish to illustrate. I point is that those to wish to know and understand police work study for themselves. It is to illustrate that the line of duty deaths have dropped since the 60’s when the keyboard big boy say what claims to be an officer. The tactics used by officers now make them safe despite a vastly different and more dangerous world than the 60’s. I do not want to see anyone’s life, regardless of their status in life, taken but if their are only two option, I choose the officers life, the one who did not choose to be in that situation but was put there due to the actions of others.
        On the same token, I believe officers should be held accountable for their actions when they knowingly use unnecessary force just to do so. The problem with boards like this is that people look at 1 bad police officer and assume others are the same. Most officers are respectable human beings just like every other citizen. If you treat them with respect and not put them in fear of life, they will do the same. Imagine if officers judged a whole group of people based off one thing a member of that group did.

      • Michael

        You didn’t say specifically how they were killed in the line of duty but you posted it in a story that featured a man allegedly attacking a policeman with a knife. While it may be higher than the 60s, violent crime has gone down since the early 90s.

        We’ll agree to disagree on the tactics because that’s a whole different debate in itself.

      • WTF Really

        Officers in the 1960’s were able to use batons and their fists to fight an aggressor. NOW if an officer does that so many cell phones record it, splice it to meet the needs to instigate hatred towards the police, and the ACLU, Jesse Jackson and the hole gang of anti-police band wagon show up.

    • LAC

      Paul, are officers really killing EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE? Here is a good tip if you dont want to be shot by a police officer- never put them in a situation where they fear for their lives. It is pretty simple. If you disagree with what the officer is doing, handle that later, you will find it is much more effect. However, the next time someone rams your car, and pulls a knife on you, ensure you use less lethal force to protect yourself.
      Also, take a look and compare stats of officers lethal force on citizens and citizen on citizen lethal force. The ratio is much lower for officers yet somehow they are always the ones blamed.

  • NRA Is Here To Stay

    Justice HAS been served! Thank You, HPD! Great job of ridding society of the Criminal Element!

  • styles B. Johnson

    I think we have more schizo cops in this age than any other time. LAC, I could name for you a few cops who are xanaxed before they report to work. Its just a matter of time before they make the 5 o’clock news. sit and wait.

    • LAC

      Right, everyone knows everything about everyone. You and saywhat should join forces and maybe one day you two can post half a fact.

  • monique Owens

    Yes the officer was doing his job but please don’t try to assassinate my brothers character he served our country and was an outstanding father husband friend brother to many it is tragic and we don’t know why this happened so please don’t assume of someone you don’t know

    • LAC

      Monique, thank you for adding to the conversation. Truly a sad story for all involved. Im sure it is very difficult for your family as well as the officer involved. No one wants to be in a situation like that. As a veteran myself, it always hurts to see another veteran put themselves in a bad situation. Hopefully, your families questions will be answered. Prayers for all involved.

  • Michael

    Look, I’m critical of today’s law enforcement officers as much as anyone on here but they have a right to self defense just as much as the next guy. If the police side of the story checks out (I’m assuming there is surveillance video since it was outside a jail), and I’m inclined to think it will, then I’d clear the officer.

    I want everyone to keep in mind though, there is another side of the story that we’ll probably never get. Mr. Owens definitely had some issues to do something like this. I’d be careful about dehumanizing him and calling him “trash” until we find out something because the real trash could be the person looking in the mirror.

  • CS

    It amazes me that we have two divergent sides emerging in these postings by people presumably without “all” the facts simply jumping to conclusions. We have a member of our community who is now deceased and an officer who shot him following an altercation, really that is all we know. I doubt that we have an officer who came to work today hoping to kill someone. I also doubt that we had a fully mentally stable individual who confronted the officer. I have no doubt that the officer will have concerns about whether he himself acted in a reasonable manner, he is human, and I have no doubt that he has second guessed himself about the matter, however, that is human nature. What should not be “human nature” is to be so ignorant that we jump to conclusions without all the facts and speak in the nature of some of the comments posted here without basis. Statements such as:”Great job getting rid of the criminal element”..”taking out the trash” – yet you appear to know nothing about the deceased or what resulted in him placing himself in this situation. Truly, it is an unfortunate incident for all: our community, the officer and the family of the deceased. What should not be “unfortunate” is the level of hatred, ignorance and willingness to jump to conclusions without all the facts. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, too bad the “ability” to remain silent is not just as cherished.

  • CS

    It amazes me that we have two divergent sides emerging in these postings by people presumably without “all” the facts simply jumping to conclusions. We have a member of our community who is now deceased and an officer who shot him following an altercation, really that is all we know. I doubt that we have an officer who came to work today hoping to kill someone. I also doubt that we had a fully mentally stable individual who confronted the officer. I have no doubt that the officer will have concerns about whether he himself acted in a reasonable manner, he is human, and I have no doubt that he has second guessed himself about the matter, however, that is human nature. What should not be “human nature” is to be so ignorant that we jump to conclusions without all the facts and speak in the nature of some of the comments posted here without basis. Statements such as:”Great job getting rid of the criminal element”..”taking out the trash” – yet you appear to know nothing about the deceased or what resulted in him placing himself in this situation. Truly, it is an unfortunate incident for all: our community, the officer and the family of the deceased. What should not be “unfortunate” is the level of hatred, ignorance and willingness to jump to conclusions without all the facts. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, too bad the “ability” to remain silent is not just as cherished.

  • styles B. johnson

    These dumb cops have this line they pull on everybody about ‘fire-in-the-line-of-duty’. what tha f**k? how about other occupations? somebody needs to crack down on these punk cops. You can’t subdue a man having a psychotic episode and all you do is reach for the gun! I meet these guys all the time at the end zone lounge and I bet, at the fold of my fist, they just run off. shame on you. Don’;t go around shooting innocent people and hide under the banter of how dangerous your work is. you are just punks with guns.

  • Tracy

    Mr. Reginald Owens was a beloved family member and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He passing is a great tragedy to all of his family and friends. Unfortunately he was unable to obtain the help he needed in life. We are working to help his widow and children bury him in a decent manner. We hold no ill will against the police officer involved in the incident. Right now we are simply trying to raise funds for his memorial and burial expenses.

    Please donate to his burial fund at the following website. Thank you.

    http://www.gofundme.com/fo6jiw

    Reggie, we love you. Please rest in peace.

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