North Alabama police officer shoots man chief says posed ‘a very violent, lethal threat’


A Florence police officer shot a person Monday morning in an encounter that ended in what the city’s police chief called “a very violent end.”

Police Chief Ron Tyler, as the scene was being processed behind him, said in a press conference that the incident happened at about 10:52 a.m. in the backyard of a property in the 200 block of North Walnut Street.

Tyler said police received information about a person in the area with “violent felony warrants from out-of-state.”

Police attempted to take the person, who was not identified, into custody, but Tyler said the person resisted and “posed a lethal threat.”

“Our guys attempted to deescalate the situation,” he said. “We did attempt to use less lethal force in the process of apprehending him.”

Tyler said one officer fired shots, hitting the person. No officers were injured. However, he said multiple officers will be placed on leave, pending an investigation.

“He presented a very violent, lethal threat in his resistance to our attempts to take him into custody,” Tyler said, responding to a question about whether the person was armed. “It’s still very early in the investigation.”

The condition of the person shot was not immediately released.

The investigation has been turned over to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. Any findings will be turned over to a grand jury, Tyler said.

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