published Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Mentone, Ala., man injured in officer shooting

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An Alabama man is in critical condition at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga after he threatened to kill himself and was shot by a DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies found Larry Steele, of Mentone, intoxicated and waving a gun threatening to kill himself on Country Road 635 around 7 p.m. Monday night, Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release.

When the 45-year-old man refused to drop his weapon an officer shot him with a Taser stun gun, Harris said. But the Taser was ineffective.

Steele then began to raise his weapon at the officer who had Tased him, Harris said. The officer took cover, shot at Steele and bullets hit him twice, Harris said.

The deputies performed first aid on Steele and he was taken by ambulance to Erlanger for treatment, Harris said.

He said Steele is in critical condition.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation was contacted to investigate the case, Harris said.

The deputy, whose name is being withheld, has been put on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, Harris said.

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GeorgiaRebel said...

If someone wants to kill themselves, let them do it. Why in the world was a cop involved in doing what this guy said he wanted done? Stupidity on Steele and the Cop's part in this one.

July 5, 2011 at 5:12 p.m.
rolando said...

Seems to me the sheriff's department could use a little range time...

July 5, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.
smadave said...

I agree with Rolando, what the hell was this sheriff thinking about? I realize its Alabama but come on...

July 6, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.
georgiamom said...

I hope he is doing good, for my son's sake. But then he has only seen him four times in 12 years, so why should it even matter? He does have an alcohol problem and he needs to realize that. I will say a prayer for you because GOD says we must forgive---but I will never forget how you treated my son!

July 6, 2011 at 8:56 p.m.
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