Spivey: Ozark Officer-Involved Shooting Appears Justified

Ozark, AL – A preliminary investigation into a deadly officer involved shooting indicates the officer followed proper procedure.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said Earl Morrow, 83, pulled a loaded gun on two neighbors walking down the street Monday at around 11:30 a.m.

When police arrived, Spivey said an officer told Morrow multiple times to put down the gun, but he refused.

Spivey said Morrow pointed the gun at the officer, and the officer fired back. Morrow was shot multiple times, and died from those injuries.

"Police officers are not trained to shoot for the leg or arm or a gun out of a person's hand. They are trained to eliminate a threat. That's what this officer did. This is the last thing a police officer wants to be faced with."

Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation are looking into the shooting.

Spivey said it’s possible that Morrow had dementia.

Following standard procedure, the officer has been placed on administrative leave. He has been with the department for 11 years, and is a supervisor in the criminal investigation division.

The case will likely go to a grand jury.

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