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One injured in officer-involved shooting at Boaz residence during attempt to serve search warrant

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. —  Law enforcement officials say an officer-involved shooting took place Tuesday morning while Etowah County Drug Task Force agents were attempting to serve a search warrant at a Boaz residence.


Arnold Ray Battles, 64 (Etowah County Sheriff’s Office)

At around 9 a.m., drug task force agents and Boaz police officers were attempting to serve a search warrant on Pleasant Hill Cut Off Rd. when a man inside the residence began to shoot at officers. Two Boaz officers returned fire.


The suspect, later identified by police as Arnold Ray Battles, 64, was shot two times and was flown by helicopter to UAB where he is in stable condition.

A warrant for his arrest will be served once he’s released from the hospital.

Battles is a reoccurring offender and was arrested by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office twice last year.

The Oxford Police Department is investigating the incident.