East Alabama Deputy shot, suspect is dead


Randolph county hostage situation leads to officer being shot; suspect is dead

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Our news partners at Al.com report that a Randolph County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and injured Saturday, according to Helfin Police.

The deputy was transported to UAB hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

The suspect is dead following a hostage situation, Randolph County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Larry Clarke said.

We’re told the hostage was the suspect’s wife, and that she is doing fine.

The Clay County Web reported a suspect armed with a handgun and rifle held a hostage in a camper.

The incident occurred in the Swagg Cove Area of Lake Wedowee. The standoff appeared to be over at just after 5 p.m.

The suspect allegedly set fire to his son’s yard, house and car, according to the site. He also allegedly killed his son’s dog.

The Anniston Star reported hearing state troopers communicating over radio that a suspect, believed to be 77 years old, shot out the front windshield of a camper and had one or two hostages.

Randolph County deputies fired at the suspect.

Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation. Multiple agencies including Helfin police, Oxford police/SWAT team and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency also responded.

Randolph County Road 121 is blocked at County Road 431, according to reports.

Law enforcement is staging at Bethel West Baptist Church on County Road 7 in Randolph County.

The Heflin Police Department posted this to its Facebook page Saturday afternoon: “Please be praying for our Randolph County brother officers, Heflin PD officers, and all other L.E. officers responding to assist in stopping the Madness in Randolph County.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assisting the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

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