TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan says officers shot and killed a man this morning after he shot at a deputy on the scene, then turned his weapon to them.
Authorities have identified the man as 33-year-old Derek Lynn Scott of Franklin County.
Logan says an officer stopped a woman driving in the area of Fred's Discount Store on Woodmont Drive. Scott was a passenger in the car. The officers say they smelled a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana, so they asked the driver and Scott to step out of the vehicle for them to search. The officers also called deputies from the Colbert County Sheriff's Office to the scene for the K-9 to help in the search.
The deputy reports he was patting down the passenger when Scott pulled a gun from his waistband and fired in the direction of the deputy. The deputy backed away and the man fell to the ground.
Logan says Scott wounded himself when he fired the gun and that caused his fall.
Deputies say Scott then turned his attention to three officers nearby and brandished his gun. Logan says the officers felt as though he was trying to shoot at them, so they fired at Scott.
The three officers involved in the incident are currently on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation and critical response debriefing.
The woman who was driving the car is reportedly cooperating with investigators.