UNDERWOOD — A Lauderdale County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a shooting Saturday night after he responded to a call to check on the welfare of a resident on Kelley Road.
Authorities declined to identify the deputy’s name or the name of man who was shot. The investigation will be conducted by agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Ronnie Willis said having ABI head the investigation is usual procedure.
“As protocol for departmental procedures, the ABI was called in to investigate because the incident did involve a deputy,” Willis said.
ABI agents arrived at the scene just after 11 p.m. The deputy has been placed on leave with pay while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure, authorities said.
According to officials at the scene, sheriff’s deputies responded to 930 Lauderdale 57, which also is called Kelley Road, and were met at the door by a man carrying a gun. The residence is less than a block behind Underwood Baptist Church.
The man, who reportedly lives at the residence, was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence by Lauderdale EMS. His condition was unknown late Saturday night. Willis said a sheriff’s deputy was sent to the hospital to check on the man’s condition.
Authorities said deputies were called to the scene because the man reportedly was threatening to do himself harm.
Florence police assisted at the scene.
The residence is across the street from the Newcastle Estates subdivision. The brick home sits 200-250 yards from the road and was difficult to see in the night darkness. Yellow crime scene tape was draped across the driveway to keep the scene intact while sheriff’s deputies awaited the arrival of ABI agents.
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