Man killed by deputies had drug, crime issues
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Perry Lamar Stringfellow, Jr., the man killed by Houston County deputies on Sunday, had previous run-ins with the law and a history of drug issues.
Deputies shot Stringfellow, 50, as he attempted to run them over with his vehicle during a burglary, Sheriff Donald Valenza said.
The officers feared for their lives and had no reasonable option other than shoot, the sheriff told WTVY News 4.
Charges Stringfellow has faced revealed in court records include:
Trafficking methamphetamine in 2011
Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance in 2011
Possession of a Controlled Substance in 2011
Possession of Marijuana 2020
Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement 2019
Reckless Endangerment 2019
Possession of a Controlled Substance 2019
Breaking Into a Vehicle 2018
Theft of Property 2011
Several traffic offenses
Valenza believes an independent investigation conducted by state agents will determine the shooting was justified.
Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd confirmed Stringfellow’s identity. He has lived in several east Alabama counties, including the Dothan area.
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