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North Alabama man shot dead by deputy following vehicle pursuit, sheriff says

AL.com logo AL.com 8/7/2022 William Thornton, al.com
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A man was shot to death Saturday night by a Lawrence County deputy following a traffic stop, according to Sheriff Max Sanders.

Chief Deputy Brian Covington said the incident began with a traffic stop begun around 9:15 p.m. Saturday at or near the intersection of County Road 217 and County Road 214.

The driver, Marty Hutto, was being stopped for a traffic violation, Covington said, after Hutto was spotted driving down the center of the roadway in a gold-colored Ford F-150. Hutto also had outstanding warrants for a domestic violence arrest.

Covington said Hutto began throwing objects out of the vehicle, including nails and bottles, to disable the deputy’s pursuing vehicle. The deputy’s car sustained a broken windshield and damaged tires.

Hutto’s vehicle became disabled on Lawrence County Road 222, Covington said. As he exited the vehicle, Hutto pointed a gun at the deputy.

The deputy shot Hutto in his side, and he fell near his vehicle. He later died of his injuries.

An investigation determined Hutto’s weapon was a flare gun loaded with a modified 12 gauge shotgun shell.

Covington said the deputy, who was not named, is on paid administrative leave. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the incident.

“We have an incredible group of men and women that serve Lawrence County and put themselves in harm’s way,” Sanders said, in a statement. “I stand by my deputies. Any threat to their safety will be met in kind. Please keep my deputy, the deputy’s family, and the families affected by this in your thoughts and prayers.”

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