Sheriff: Deputy kills man who pointed flare at him

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama congressman shot and killed a man who pointed a modified flare at him after he fled a traffic stop, law enforcement officials said.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Marty Hutto, 50, was shot and killed Saturday after pointing a gun at the deputy. Investigators said they later discovered it was a flare gun loaded with a modified 12-gauge shotgun shell, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s department said the deputy was trying to stop Hutto who was driving a truck down the center of the road. They said Hutto first threw bottles and nails at the deputy’s car. After his truck broke down, Hutto got out of the truck and aimed the flare at the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said Hutto has outstanding domestic violence warrants.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Monday it was reviewing the incident at the sheriff’s request. The deputy is on paid leave during the investigation.

Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders said he supports the deputy.

“We have an incredible group of men and women who serve Lawrence County and put themselves in harm’s way. I am with my assistants. Any threat to their safety will be dealt with in kind. Please keep my deputy, the deputy’s family and the families affected by this in your thoughts and prayers,” Sanders said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Hutto’s family told WAAY that they are frustrated with the lack of information from the sheriff’s office. Family members told the news station they learned of Hutto’s death on Facebook.

“He didn’t deserve this, not the way he was shot. We just want justice for our brother, because it’s not right,” Hutto’s sister, Cathy Hill, told the station.

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