Sheriff: Man opened fire on two Alabama deputies

Authorities say the shootout that left one Alabama deputy sheriff dead and another in critical condition on Saturday began when a man opened fire on them outside his mobile home.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack told AL.com that gunfire erupted Friday after 53-year-old Michael Jansen pulled a handgun on Deputy Scott Ward and his colleagues as they were responding to a family disturbance call at his Fairhope-area home.

The sheriff said Jansen opened fire, striking Ward and another deputy. Deputies fired back, killing Jansen.

Ward, 47, was transported by helicopter to University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, where he was pronounced dead. The second deputy remained in critical condition Saturday afternoon. The third deputy was not hurt.

Jansen was pronounced dead at the scene.


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