Montgomery, AL – An off-duty Alabama sheriff’s deputy was shot five times by his father on Friday while he was trying to take his mother to file a protection order after a domestic incident.
The incident began at about 3 p.m. on March 25 when 26-year-old Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Cedric Law was riding in a car with his mother and brother in 2700-block of Lower Wetumpka Road, AL.com reported.
“His mother had just been involved in a domestic situation at her residence with his father,” Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “She was advised by the police department to go get a warrant and seek a protection order.”
She was on her way to get a warrant with her sons when they encountered her husband on the roadway, AL.com reported.
Sheriff Cunningham said Deputy Law’s father rammed the family’s vehicle and then got out of his own vehicle brandishing a gun.
The sheriff said Deputy Law got out of the vehicle and told his mother and brother to leave, according to AL.com.
“He was trying to get his father to put down the firearm at which time his father fired off some rounds, striking the deputy multiple times,’’ Sheriff Cunningham explained. “The deputy returned fire and struck his father multiple times.”
Deputy Law was shot five times, AL.com reported.
He remains in critical condition at Baptist Hospital.
The sheriff said his father was pronounced dead at the scene, AL.com reported.
“We’re not immune from domestic violence in law enforcement,” Sheriff Cunningham told reporters. “They were trying to do what was right. His mother was reaching out for help. She went over and picked him up. He was off duty.”
He said Deputy Law and his mother did the right thing, AL.com reported.
“She had dialed 911 and the police came out there,” the sheriff said. “This was a situation that got uncontrollable.”
“I’m just happy the deputy knew to tell his mother and brother to leave,’’ Sheriff Cunningham added.
He said he had visited with the wounded deputy on Sunday, AL.com reported.
“This is a traumatic situation that he’s in,” the sheriff said. “What we’re looking for from the community is for them to pray. Their family needs it right now. He needs it right now. We as an agency need it.”
“I’m hoping he’ll be discharged soon,” he said. “He was shot five times. He has a lot he’ll have to go through before he is able to come back to work.”