DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – One person has died following an officer-involved shooting in Decatur early Friday morning.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said Stephen Perkins, 39, died in a nearby medical facility after they said he pointed a weapon toward an officer, and the officer shot at him.
According to the Decatur Police Department (DPD), officers were called to a towing company where they spoke to a tow truck driver. The driver told police that they had attempted to repossess a vehicle when Perkins pulled a handgun on them.
When officers arrived at the home in the area of Ryan Drive and Poole Valley Road with the tow truck driver, DPD says Perkins came outside, and “pulled a handgun” on the tow truck driver again.
ALEA said Perkins was found to be armed with a handgun that was equipped with a light.
Perkins began threatening the tow truck driver, DPD said in a press release. Officers told the homeowner to drop his weapon, however, he refused. Perkins is said to have pointed that weapon towards an officer.
DPD said the officer fired at Perkins, hitting him. The officer called for medical assistance and began to give first aid.
The homeowner, later identified as Perkins by ALEA, was taken to Huntsville Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Per DPD policy, the officer will be placed on administrative leave, and ALEA will continue to investigate the incident. Once ALEA’s investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office.