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August 12, 2013

Ala deputy shoots, kills Lauderdale Co. man during call

— FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a northwest Alabama sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a rifle at officers during a call.

A resident of the Central Heights community in Lauderdale County called police late Saturday saying a neighbor was shooting a weapon.

Authorities say 31-year-old Mitchell Campbell met deputies outside his home and picked up a loaded rifle while talking with the officers.

Officials say an officer shot and killed the man when he raised the rifle and refused to put it down. The man's wife and 3-year-old son were inside at the time.

An aunt of the man, Shannon Churchwell, says Campbell worked three jobs to support his family and was never aggressive.

The officer is on paid leave and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting.

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