Fairhope, AL — Authorities say an Alabama sheriff’s deputy was killed and another deputy was critically wounded during a confrontation with a suspect in a domestic violence incident Friday.
According to Fox News, the incident started around 4 pm when police were called to the home of Michael Jensen in Baldwin County to settle a family dispute.
Upon their arrival, deputies say they encountered Jansen at his mobile home and were engaged in conversation with him when he “produced a handgun and began to fire at the deputies.”
The gunfire took the life of Deputy Scott Ward, 47. Ward was pronounced dead after he was taken by helicopter to the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
According to Al.com, Deputy Scott Ward was a United States Coast Guard reservist who had been deployed to Afghanistan about a year ago. He was a 15 year veteran on the force and was a SWAT member and defensive tactics instructor, the report added.
“I have worked with him his entire time that he has been with the Sheriff’s Office,” a local sheriff said of Deputy Ward after the shooting. “He was a great law enforcement officer.”
A second deputy, whose name had not been released early Saturday, was also injured in the shootout and is currently in critical condition.
CNN reports Jansen, who was believed to be in his 50s, “was also shot during the exchange and he was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Following the shootout, authorities were sorting out what happened and not immediately releasing further details.
The county’s Major Crimes Task Force was investigating the incident.
Fox10 has more on the tragic shooting that took the of Alabama deputy Scott Ward in the video below: