Officials release new details on officer involved shooting in Muscle Shoals

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - Officials released new details following an officer involved shooting which left one man dead Sunday afternoon in Colbert County.

Monday morning we learned the man’s identity. Later that afternoon, afternoon Muscle Shoals Police spoke about the events which lead up to the shooting.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene in Muscle Shoals, where 27-year-old Eric David Edgell reportedly fired a handgun.

Local law enforcement said this is the first known run-in with Edgell.

It was on a heavily traveled section of Second Street where police were called to a man carrying a gun and threatening self-harm.

"Anytime you have an individual with a weapon and you don't know what their intent is, it's very dangerous," explained Muscle Shoals Police Chief Robert Evans. "The situation was made even more dangerous after we learned information that he had intended self-harm."

When officers from Muscle Shoals and Sheffield got to the scene, Edgell ran into the woods.

“At some point the individual became agitated and did discharge his weapon,” Evans said . “At that time the officers who were on the scene responded, they returned fire to the individual.”

Edgell was transported to Shoals Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Authorities said Edgell had only lived in the Shoals for a couple of years, and had previously lived in the state of Indiana.

Chief Evans said the shooting which happened Sunday is not something they want to ever happen.

“We take life very seriously at this police department,” stated Evans. “We don’t take it for granted, and I would ask that everyone keep all involved in their prayers.”

ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigations said they will present their findings on the shooting to the Colbert County District Attorney’s Office for further review.

Chief Robert Evans would not comment on the status of the officers involved in the shooting.

"We want to give our officers enough time to collect themselves and take care of themselves. We have also set up some counseling for all the people that were involved in that," he said.

Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said the officer from his department involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, pending the review of department policy.

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