Alabama deputy fatally shot, 2nd wounded in exchange

Alabama deputy fatally shot, 2nd wounded in exchange

November 24th, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - An Alabama deputy sheriff was fatally shot and another deputy was critically wounded during a confrontation Friday with a man who was also killed, authorities said.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said in a news release early Saturday that Deputy Scott Ward was fatally wounded after responding with another deputy to a call of concern about the welfare of an individual in Fairhope, which is about 20 miles southeast of Mobile. Ward was transported to USA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The second deputy remained in critical condition at the same hospital early Saturday.

Authorities identified the other deceased man as Michael Jansen of Fairhope.

The sheriff's office said that the officers encountered Jansen while responding to a call at about 4 p.m. CST, and were "engaged in an officer involved shooting."

"Michael Jansen was also shot during the armed confrontation and he was pronounced dead at the scene," the news release said.

The county's Major Crimes Task Force was investigating the shooting