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HPD: Deputy shoots suspect in buttock at Walmart

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A Morgan County deputy discharged his weapon at a South Huntsville Walmart while trying to apprehend a suspect who had felony warrants. A Morgan County deputy discharged his weapon at a South Huntsville Walmart while trying to apprehend a suspect who had felony warrants.
Authorities said Horton was taken into custody by Morgan County deputies. Authorities said Horton was taken into custody by Morgan County deputies.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Authorities reported a Morgan County deputy discharged his weapon at a south Huntsville Walmart while trying to apprehend a suspect who had felony warrants.

The shooting happened at the Walmart located on South Memorial Parkway near Hobbs Road at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Huntsville police said the suspect was shot in the buttock near the Garden Center.

Relatives identified the man shot by the deputy as David Horton. He was taken to Huntsville Hospital to be treated for his injuries and then later transferred to the custody of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department. 

Witnesses said the deputy intentionally fired his weapon, but the deputy claimed otherwise. The deputy said he was trying to apprehend Horton, known to have violated parole, when his gun accidentally went off.

Investigators said they are hoping to get some clarity through surveillance footage, which gave them a bird's eye view of the shooting. Huntsville police said they are handling the case and are reviewing the video. They spent the day interviewing witnesses who saw what happened.

One witness said he saw the off-duty deputy aim and shoot. The deputy claims his gun fired accidentally.

No bystanders were injured in the shooting. Alberta Conley, a Madison County resident, was asked if she felt safe shopping there after the allegedly accidental shooting. "I am not afraid whenever we come here, but we always like to be aware of what's going," she said. "Things like this can happen anywhere.

Authorities continue to investigate this incident.

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