The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Lawrence County.

The shooting happened on Saturday, Aug. 6, during a vehicle pursuit.

Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders said a deputy attempted to pull over a gold F-150 for a traffic violation near the intersection of County Road 217 and County Road 214, around 9:15 p.m.

The driver of the truck, identified as Marty Hutto, was driving down the center of the roadway, according to the sheriff's office.

"Mr. Hutto began throwing numerous objects out of the vehicle including nails and bottles to disable the Deputy’s pursuing vehicle," the sheriff's office said in a press release. "The Deputy’s vehicle sustained a broken windshield and damaged tires."

Hutto's vehicle became disabled on County Road 222, where investigators said he got out of the truck and pointed a gun at the deputy.

The deputy fired a shot, striking Hutto in the side. He died at the scene.

It was later determined that the gun was a flare gun that was loaded with a modified 12 gauge shotgun shell.

Although the deputy has been placed on administrative leave, Sanders said he supports the work of his deputies.

“We have an incredible group of men and women that serve Lawrence County and put themselves in harm’s way," said Sanders. "I stand by my Deputies. Any threat to their safety will be met in kind. Please keep my Deputy, the Deputy’s family, and the families affected by this in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hutto had outstanding warrants for domestic violence at the time of his death.

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