MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - The Madison County Sheriff took over the investigation of an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday outside Madison’s Planet Fitness on Highway 72. The Sheriff’s Office released new information on Monday.
According to the Sheriff, the man shot and killed by police pointed a gun at officers first. He’s been identified as 39-year-old Dana Sherrod Fletcher. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A release from the Sheriff’s Office says Madison Police were called to Planet Fitness because Fletcher and a woman were inside the gym videoing people and asking personal questions.
When officers arrived to investigate, the Sheriff says both Fletcher and the woman were in a van with a child in the Planet Fitness parking lot. According to the Sheriff neither Fletcher nor the woman cooperated with police.
Police also say they there was a gun inside the van. According to the Sheriff, Madison Police Officers struggled with the woman and Fletcher and tried using a taser on Fletcher. The Sheriff says the taser was not effective and that Fletcher exited the van armed with the gun. They say he pointed it at officers before he was shot and killed by two police officers.
A handgun was recovered at the scene according to the Sheriff.
Sheriff Kevin Turner said, “This is a tragic event for all involved and we are conducting a thorough investigation”.
A Facebook post by a woman who says she is Fletcher’s wife refutes what the Sheriff’s Office released. She says that she was working out at Planet Fitness and that Madison Police Officers harassed the couple and their daughter while they were sitting in their family van outside Planet Fitness. She also says that Dana Fletcher was not armed.
Friends of Fletcher tell WAFF 48 that he was loving, caring family man. “He’s smart. He’s silly and jokes and stuff but in a situation like that especially with what’s going on in America right now being a man of color - he knows not to do that," stated Giovanni Rodriguez. "There’s no way he would do that because he knows not to do that.”
If anyone has information about the shooting they can contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, 256-533-8820, or submit information online at https://www.madisoncountysheriffal.org/crime-tip