The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating after deputies fatally shot a man during a traffic stop in Russell County.

The incident began in Phenix City Wednesday when deputies were alerted to a man who shot at a utility worker who was trying to shut off his water. The utility worker was not hurt.

Two deputies caught up with him later and attempted to pull him over. However, Sheriff Heath Taylor said the man pulled a gun on them. That’s when the deputies fired, killing the suspect.

“This is a result, unfortunately, of a weapon being pointed at a deputy in a traffic stop,” the sheriff said. “And it could have ended so many different ways, and I am truly sorry that he has lost his life.”

The incident was caught on camera, and that recording is part of ALEA’s investigation.

The suspect’s name has not been released, but Taylor said he has a history with law enforcement and was previously labeled a “mental patient.”

The two deputies involved in the shooting were not hurt and have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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