MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that happened on Thursday night.
Police were called to a home on Capers drive in Gurley on Thursday night just after 9 p.m. from the person that told the police that they live here. When authorities arrived, they located 18-year-old Corey Bell, who told the police that he and his father, 39-year-old Corey Wayne Bell, had a dispute that turned violent.
“Me and my dad got into a little altercation and then police ended up getting called and he ran.”
The younger Bell says that when police arrived, his father became angry, yelling and shouting loudly at the officers. Corey Bell says his dad ran away. That’s when things began to escalate.
He ran and hid inside the vent. When they found him inside the vent, they told him pretty much that you should come out. But he didn’t come out.”
Refusing the officer’s commands, the son said his father had his vaping device in his hand that he says is big enough that it could be mistaken for a weapon. The officer, shouting multiple commands for him to surrender, open fire on Bell and wounded him with a single gunshot.
“Pretty much they made their split-second decision and they shot him,” the son said.
Local police told News 19 that this isn’t the first time the authorities were called to the home. Both the father and the son have had run-ins with the law within the two-plus years of living at the home.
The incident remains under investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.