ABI Investigates Fatal Shooting Involving a Selma Police Officer

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  A Selma police officer is involved in a fatal shooting in Selma.

The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon on Griffin Street.
     
Police Chief William Riley says officers were responding to a disorderly person call -- and found the suspect in vacant house. He says the man pulled out a hatchet when officers approached.
     
Riley says officers made several attempts to get the man to drop the weapon during the confrontation. He says the suspect was shot when he charged at an officer with the hatchet.

"The individual rushed at one of our officers and the officers fired in defense, only one time, struck the victim one time and the victim unfortunately from the shooting is deceased," said Riley.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into what happened -- which is customary in any officer involved shooting.

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