LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A man shot by Limestone County deputies Sunday evening pointed a shotgun at deputies before they opened fire, Sheriff Mike Blakely said Monday.
George Dison, 57, was shot after deputies responded to a home on Sugar Way, Blakely said. The shooting happened after two separate domestic violence calls on the same day.
Blakely said deputies visited the home Sunday morning after Dison reportedly threatened family members with a shotgun.
"When the deputies arrived at the scene, Mr. Dison ran off into the woods," said Blakely. "The deputies searched the perimeter there and even went down into the woods and were unable to find Mr. Dison."
Dison's family called 911 again around 5:15 p.m. and said he tried to break into the house, threatened to hurt them again and burn the house down.
Blakely said the second time deputies arrived at Sugar Way, they were looking for Dison at the home, and they said he approached them from a wooded area holding a shotgun.
"Deputies shouted for Mr. Dison to put away his gun, to drop his gun," said Blakely. "He racked a round in the gun and pointed it at the deputies. At that time, after advising him to drop his gun, which he refused... both deputies fired."
Dison was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It's unfortunate this situation had to end with a death," Blakely said. "But by all appearances, the deputies were forced to make a decision."
Betty Pylant lives on the same street and said she is a friend of the family. She said the community is nice and what happened is shocking. "I didn't hear the police cars, but I heard hollering and guns going off last night," said Pylant.
After the shooting, Pylant said Dison's sister, Ginger, called her daughter and sounded upset.
Dison's body has been sent to the state forensics lab for an autopsy.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.