Tue Jul 26 14:58:07 PDT 2016
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Man killed by Eufaula police, three wounded including toddler
Ken Curtis

A man was shot to death by Eufaula police Saturday morning after he apparently shot three others including a two-year-old child, leaving at least two of them critically wounded. Police Chief Steve Watkins said Demarco Rhymes, 35, of Eufaula was killed by officers after Rhymes fired shots at them during vehicle and foot pursuit. Watkins said Rhymes earlier shot the young girl at Level Acres Mobile Home Park. He then went to other locations where a 42-year old woman and 39-year old man were wounded. The child was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital with a leg wound. The other two victims were taken to a Dothan hospital in critical condition, according to Watkins. The relationship between the victims and Rhymes, if any, is not known at this time but Watkins said the shootings appear to have stemmed from multiple domestic disputes. No officers were injured but those involved are on administrative leave as a matter of routine policy. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation will conduct a probe of the case and turn findings over to the district attorney’s office. “Our prayers are with the victims, officers and all those affected by this incident. Our highly trained officers are prepared to address such incidents and I commend the officers who responded and deployed their training both effectively and efficiently this morning,” Watkins said.

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