Monday, November 26, 2012
Fairhope, AL: Veteran sheriff's deputy shot to death and partner critically wounded by suspect in domestic violence case
An Alabama deputy sheriff has been fatally shot and another deputy has been critically wounded in a confrontation with a suspect in a domestic violence incident, who was also killed Friday.
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Scott Ward and his two partners were responding to a report of a Fairhope man acting aggressively toward his family.
Authorities said deputies encountered the suspect, Michael Jansen, at his mobile home and ‘were engaged in an officer involved shooting’ when they were both gunned down.
Heartbreaking: Deputy Scott Ward, left, was responding to a call when Michael Jensen, right, opened fire, killing Ward and injuring another officer
The deputies were airlifted by helicopter to USA Medical Center in Mobile, where Ward was pronounced dead. The second deputy was listed in critical condition and was undergoing surgery early Saturday.
It all started at 4pm when authorities said the three officers arrived at Jensen's home at 11830 Mallad Lane, AL.com reported.
As they approached the residence, officials said the suspect pulled a gun and fired at the officers, killing Ward and injuring a second deputy. Their other partner was not hurt.
First aid: Ward and the other injured deputy were airlifted from the scene of the crime by a medical helicopter
Grieving friends: Law enforcement officials gathered outside USA Medical Center in Mobile where Deputy Ward was pronounced dead and where his partner is undergoing surgery
Jensen was also shot during the exchange and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
People who knew Ward, a 15-year veteran on the force, described him to Local15 as a good family man who cared deeply for the community he patrolled.