CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Cullman County man is in critical condition after a deputy-involved shooting in the rural West Point community.
The shooting happened around 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday on County Road 1223. Sheriff Matt Gentry says deputies responded to a call of a man with a gun at a home in the 5900 block. When they got there, Gentry says the man started shooting at deputies. Deputies returned fire, hitting the man, who is at an undisclosed hospital.
According to Gentry, no deputies were hurt during the exchange of gunfire. The case has been turned over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is standard procedure in cases like this.
Gentry said because the case is now in ALEA’s hands, he cannot release much more information, but he did say that cases of mentally ill people becoming violent with officers is becoming more and more common, even while there’s not enough resources to help those with mental health problems.
“Deputies are dealing with this daily. I think it’s been an issue that’s cropped up across the state recently, and our deputies are dealing with it daily,” Gentry said “It puts the deputies’ lives in danger, it puts citizens lives in danger, and families that have to deal with it.”
Gentry said other people were in the home at the time, but they were not hurt.