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ABI investigates officer-involved shooting

Mister Bobby Lowe (Source: Decatur Police Department) Mister Bobby Lowe (Source: Decatur Police Department)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

A police officer shot and killed a man at Summer Place Apartments on Courtney Drive SW after responding to two disturbance calls Monday night.

Decatur Police said they responded to the first call around 9:20 p.m. The caller told dispatchers a man named Mister Bobby Lowe was drunk and was harassing his girlfriend.

Officers couldn't find Lowe, so they left. 

Another call came in about an hour later. The caller, a neighbor, said Lowe came back with a handgun.

Armed with a rifle, the first officer on the scene found Lowe in the parking lot. According to Decatur Police Department spokesperson John Crouch, Lowe charged the officer, grabbed the rifle and tried to take it away from him.

The two men fought over the gun, and Lowe knocked the officer to the ground, according to Crouch.

Out of fear of losing control of the rifle, the officer then pulled out his handgun and shot Lowe twice, Crouch said.

Lowe died at the scene. The officer was treated at Decatur General Hospital for minor injuries.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is now investigating this incident, which is standard procedure when an officer shoots someone. The officer is on restrictive duty status while the investigation is conducted.

Authorities said a handgun was not recovered from the scene, and it appears that Lowe was never armed with a handgun. They said Lowe did have a two-by-four and threatened people in the apartment complex with it.

Police said 911 callers indicated that Lowe did have a gun. They also reported he had a knife, and officers did find a box cutter at the scene.

Decatur Police Chief Ed Taylor held a press conference about the investigation Tuesday afternoon.

"Mr. Lowe grabbed the rifle that was being carried by the patrol officer and they fought over that rifle. When the Decatur Police officer felt like he was losing control over the rifle, he drew his handgun and fired two shots, striking Mister Bobby Lowe. Mr. Lowe was pronounced dead on the scene," said Taylor.

Decatur Police said Lowe had three previous arrests in Decatur, twice for domestic violence incidents, one recently. Court records show no convictions in Alabama.

Lowe had prior criminal convictions in DeKalb County, Georgia. The most recent was a theft case in 2010 in which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

"The complaint that this was centered around was a disturbance between him and his girlfriend and individuals who came to her aid," said Taylor. "He's been arrested in the Decatur Police Department on three occasions. Two of those were domestic violence incidents."

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