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Madison County Sheriff’s Office gives details on last week’s officer-involved shooting

According to MCSO, the suspect shot at police and missed before officers returned fire
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 9:52 PM CDT
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GURLEY, Ala. (WAFF) - The Madison County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference to provide details on last week’s officer-involved shooting.

Watch the full briefing below:

Emergency crews worked the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Gurley Thursday night.

Officials with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirm Christopher Matthews, 33 of Gurley, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, resisting arrest and attempting to flee and elude following an officer-involved shooting.

According to Sgt. Scratchard with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Gurley police officers were notified a man was walking along Wood Street who had a warrant out for his arrest for harassment. Officers say when they arrived on the scene Matthews ran behind a nearby shed and started firing shots.

“The Matthew’s subject fired 12 rounds in the rapid-fire at law enforcement,” says Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner.

A Gurley police officer returned fire, hitting Matthews twice. Additionally, MCSO says the suspect’s gunshot missed police.

Deputies shot back and hit Mattews in the leg and lower back. Don Webster with HEMSI confirms he was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

“I am proud that no one was killed in this incident. I am proud that Mr. Matthews was not killed in this incident. I am proud that our officers took the necessary force to be sure they went home to their families that night,” says Sheriff Trent.

Brent Patterson with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirms they are now handling the investigation.

“We are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting involving a Gurley Police officer and a male subject,” Patterson said. “The male subject has been transported to Huntsville Hospital. Our CID is on the scene handling the investigation at this time. The Gurley Police Chief may have additional.”

Matthew’s bond is currently set at $62,000.

This is an ongoing investigation. WAFF will keep you updated as we learn more.

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