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Shooter under 24 hour surveillance at hospital

The shooting scene on Earl Street. The shooting scene on Earl Street.
Samuel Ward (Source: Metro Jail) Samuel Ward (Source: Metro Jail)

Huntsville Police have 27-year-old Samuel Ward under 24 hour surveillance at Huntsville Hospital after he was involved in a shootout with officers.

"It was like a firing squad, literally," said James Thomas.  

Thomas watched from across Earl Street as a shootout erupted between two Huntsville Police officers and Ward. 

Police said they pulled Ward over Monday afternoon. During the traffic stop, police said Ward jumped out of the car and started shooting. Police have not said why they pulled Ward over in the first place.

"That's when we all started laying on the ground, and we saw him fall," said Thomas.  "We saw [police] walk over, stick a foot in his back, and then cuff him and left him laying there. [Officers] continued to talk to each other before the ambulance got there and helped him."

Ward is in Huntsville Hospital. Thomas said he and Ward work together in the music industry. He said after the shooting, tensions started to flare when the ambulance stayed on scene for several minutes.

"People started voicing their opinion," said Thomas.  "Police literally arrested me, told me I was starting a riot, then once I got down there I was being charged with failure to leave the scene, and after I posted bond in court this morning I was charged with disorderly conduct," said Thomas.

Huntsville Police said they've interviewed several witnesses and both officers involved in the shooting. The officers remain on paid administrative leave as the investigation is ongoing.

According to records, Ward is a fugitive. There was a warrant out for his arrest signed on October 31st, 2011.

The warrant was issued for Ward's arrest after he failed to appear in court on a previous incident where he was accused of hitting and choking a Huntsville police officer.

A grand jury indicted ward stating he did it with intent to prevent a peace officer from performing a lawful duty.

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