Ozark man shot to death by law enforcement

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

An on-going domestic dispute ended in tragedy Saturday night in Dale County, when the suspect was shot to death by authorities.

Authorities say 52-year-old Bruce Higdon was shot and killed after opening fire on law enforcement officers.

It all happened on County Road 59 in the Echo Community.

Authorities say just after 6 pm, Higdon's live-in girlfriend of 13 years called the sheriff's office saying the suspect threatened to kill her livestock.

After arriving at the suspect's home, authorities prompted him to come out, which he eventually did, with a loaded gun.

That’s when authorities tapered the suspect twice, but it didn't slow him down.

Investigators say the suspect fired at the officers and they returned fire, hitting him at least twice, once in the arm and once in the chest.

Higdon was transported to dale medical center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 pm.

“It's unusual when you're tasered twice and it doesn’t work and I believe the second time he actually pulled the leads out of his body,” says Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey.

"It's a bad situation, my heart goes out to the family, and it's a part of our job that we hate to have to experience,” says Dale Co. Sheriff Wally Olson.

Authorities say Bruce Higdon did have a criminal history, the extent of which is unknown at this time.

3 law enforcement officers were involved in the fatal shooting, 2 sheriff's deputies and 1 Ozark police officer.

All 3 have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation that's being conducted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities suspect Higdon was intoxicated at the time of the incident but that is pending an autopsy and toxicology report.


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  • by Dee Location: Dothan on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    The tragedy is less and less police officers want to stay in their jobs because they work for such a little amount of money and lay their lives on the lines for us.When they do their jobs such as this it takes a toll on them emotionally.
  • by Richard Location: Enterprise on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    The tragedy is the daughter that can't stop crying because someone killed her daddy. Surely if they had backed off and had more patience this would of had a better out come.
  • by What Location: The? on Aug 23, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    Ended in a tragedy? Your right it did its a tragedy he forced those Officers to do what they had to do! But it doesnt sound like thats the "tragedy" you were implieing! What about what the three Officers and their familys will now have to go through? Now thats a tragedy! They will have to wait for the investigation to be completed then wait on the outcome of the Grand Jury all because some intoxicated person that wasn't man enough to own up to mistakes he made forced them to do there jobs! So now Tim where is the "tragedy"?
  • by saddened Location: ozark on Aug 23, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    my heart goes out to all the families connected to this tragidy.i knew all of them and you are in my prayers and thoughts.GOD BLESS YOU CHILDREN AND POP.
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