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State authorities investigating fatal shooting of 50-year-old suspect by north Alabama deputies

AL.com logo AL.com 8/8/2022 Howard Koplowitz, al.com

State authorities have launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 50-year-old suspect by north Alabama sheriff’s deputies Saturday night.

Marty Hutto, 50, of Trinity, was shot dead following a vehicle pursuit near Lawrence County Road 222 around 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

The State Bureau of Investigation has started a probe into Hutto’s death at the request of Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders.

Hutto was being stopped for a traffic violation, according to Chief Deputy Brian 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.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency had no further comment, adding that the findings of the SBI’s investigation would be sent to the district attorney once completed.

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