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Man dead after breaking barricade at Huntsville police headquarters

Officers said a man drove past a barricade at police headquarters Thursday evening. (Source: WAFF) Officers said a man drove past a barricade at police headquarters Thursday evening. (Source: WAFF)
Officials said the driver got out of a van and charged at an on-duty officer with a knife. (Source: WAFF) Officials said the driver got out of a van and charged at an on-duty officer with a knife. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Madison County Coroner confirmed the man who broke past the barricade at Huntsville police headquarters and was shot by an on-duty officer has died.

Huntsville emergency crews responded to an incident at the main police station on Wheeler Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Streets surrounding the complex were closed shortly after the incident, just after 5 p.m.

According to law enforcement, the Madison County Jail was put on lockdown during the incident. 

Officials said the driver hit two vehicles, belonging to a state trooper and the forensics department, at the Alabama Department of Public Safety before ramming the guard gate at the complex.

"Once he was inside the parking lot, he rammed a patrol vehicle that a patrolman was sitting inside of," said Captain JesHenry Malone. "He was brandishing a knife when he lunged toward a police officer. The officer exchanged fire with him."

Delisa Hyter was with her mother at the complex when she heard a loud crash. She turned to see the man being ordered repeatedly to get on the ground. When he didn't, she heard the shots.

"Police from the jail, they ran over and the man had got out of the car," Hyter described. "He didn't get on the ground and they told him again... I heard at least three shots and they shot him... and he's laying on the ground."

The man was transported to Huntsville Hospital where he later died. HPD officials later identified the man as 34-year-old Reginald Owens.

Captain Malone offered condolences to Owens' family following news of his death. "It is a tragic incident, but he is a human being, just like the rest of us," he said. "This is very tragic, and our hearts and prayers go out to this family."

Owens leaves behind a wife and two children. Police said an initial check shows he did not have a criminal history.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Police said they continue to comb through evidence and talk to witnesses at both crime scenes. They are also searching Owens' residence on the southwestern side of Huntsville. Officers said they will be working with family members to learn more about what led up to Wednesday's incident.

Officials said they expect to provide more information about the investigation Thursday morning.

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