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One dead after deputy involved shooting in Ohatchee

The scene of the deputy involved shooting on Boiling Springs Road in Ohatchee. (Picture courtesy of Anniston Star Writer, Kirsten Fiscus)

Update 11:00 a.m. November 5th: Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade tells The Anniston Star, that a Calhoun County deputy shot and killed a man they say swerved his vehicle at deputy, while pointing a gun at him. The unnamed deputy was reportedly uninjured.

Our media partner, The Anniston Star, which spoke with Sheriff Wade, says this all began when a deputy came upon a vehicle with a switched tag while traveling on Boiling Springs Road, in Ohatchee, around 8:00 p.m., Friday evening. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver continued driving, and would not pull over. Eventually the deputy was able to maneuver his patrol vehicle in front of the driver and slow the vehicle down. Sheriff Wade adds, when the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, the driver of the vehicle drove towards the deputy, swerving, while pointing his weapon at him. Sheriff Wade tells The Anniston Star, "The deputy fired at that point."

According to Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown, the identity of the driver of the vehicle is 39-year-old Christopher Edward Loftis.

Sheriff Wade tells The Anniston Star, that an ambulance was in the vicinity of the location and responded within a few minutes and transported Loftis to Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

We will continue to update this story when additional details are available.

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Original Friday November 3rd: According to the Ohatchee Police Department via Facebook, a member of another Ohatchee law enforcement agency was involved in a shooting.

Police say the officer-involved shooting occurred after a brief pursuit. The suspect has been hospitalized, and the officer is "fine."

Police do not have additional details available at this time.

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