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BREAKING: Two Deputies Shot During Welfare Check

Shelby County, AL – Two Shelby County sheriff’s deputies were shot while conducting a welfare check at a residence on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred in the 3100-block of Bradford Place at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said in a press release.

The SCSO said deputies were conducting a welfare check when “shots were fired.”

Two deputies were shot during the incident, WBRC reported.

They were both rushed to UAB Hospital in Birmingham by ambulance.

One of the deputies was being prepped for surgery, WBRC reported.

Their conditions have not been released.

Investigators said a suspect is in custody.

“A subject has been detained and it is not believed that there is a threat to the public,” the sheriff’s office said. “Please avoid the area and expect an increased law enforcement presence. We will release more details when possible.”

Investigators said the welfare check was initiated by a homeowner who called to report they were out of town and that they were concerned their adult son would possibly try to break into their home in the Meadowbrook community, WVTM reported.

Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said four SCSO deputies responded to the home and found a rear door had been forced open, WIAT reported.

They located the suspect in an upstairs bathroom and were trying to get him to surrender when the suspect allegedly opened fire.

The two wounded deputies were moved to safety by the two deputies who were not struck by gunfire, WIAT reported.

They rendered aid to their fellow deputies until they were transported to the hospital.

The two remaining deputies then negotiated with the gunman and convinced him to surrender, Sheriff Samaniego said.

The sheriff said he is hopeful both wounded deputies will recover.

“The immediate prognosis is both of them are going to be fine, so we can only hope and pray [for] that,” he said, according to WIAT.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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