Madison County authorities investigating fatal deputy-involved shooting in Meridianville

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MADISON COUNTY Ala. (WHNT) - The Madison County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting.

Randy Joe Sanders, 33, of Madison County died as a result of his injuries after being shot by deputies.

Investigators say it happened just after 11:00 Wednesday night in Meridianville near the entrance to Inspiration Point off Highway 431/231.

Authorities responded to an emergency call about an armed person walking erratically down the highway. Initial reports indicated the man was holding a gun.

A sheriff's department spokesman said when deputies arrived on the scene, they identified Sanders as the suspect.  The spokesman said after a short chase, "Sanders refused the Deputy's repeated commands to stop and show his hands. In response to the threat posed by Mr. Sander's (sic), the Deputy fired his weapon striking him."

Sanders was transported to Huntsville Hospital with critical injuries. He later died from his injuries.

The deputy was also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Huntsville Police are conducting an independent review of the shooting.

WHNT New 19 has learned Sanders had an extensive criminal past. Offenses date back to 2004, and include domestic violence, rape, theft and drugs.

His most recent charge was in September of 2015, and involved theft of property.

Sanders is also a listed sex offender.

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