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ABI investigating fatal officer-involved shooting

Police officers during the standoff (Source: Viewer) Police officers during the standoff (Source: Viewer)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into the fatal officer-involved shooting that happened at Arbor Village Apartments in Muscle Shoals on Wednesday afternoon.

Muscle Shoals police requested SWAT assistance after they say Reagan Jones barricaded himself in his apartment. Jones opened fire at the apartment complex and injured his sister, Christy Gregory, according to family members.

Members of Florence SWAT evacuated the building across from Jones' apartment. While they were evacuating the building, police say Jones used a high-powered, military style rifle to shoot at the officers.

As officers were under a barrage of gun fire, one Florence SWAT officer fired two rounds at Jones. Right after those gunshots, the shooting from Jones' apartment stopped. According to a statement from Florence police, those were the only two rounds fired by a Florence police officer during the standoff.

"At the moment the Florence police officer fired his two rounds, several Florence police officers as well as nearby citizens were in immediate and life-threatening danger," sad the department in a statement. At least one Florence officer was hit by shrapnel and debris from Jones' gunfire."

The follow up investigation has been turned over to the ABI. The officer who fired the shots has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard policy.

Florence police will also put together their own shooting review board to evaluate the circumstances and actions taken by the officers during the standoff.

Gregory was flown to the hospital to be treated for her wounds and was later released, according to family members.

*EDIT: Our initial headline indicated that a Florence police officer fired the shots that killed Reagan Jones. Florence police never said that was the case. We regret the error.*

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