BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) -
Baldwin County deputies shot and killed a man ending an hours-long standoff Monday.
The standoff began after two deputies attempted to serve a writ of possession to a person in a trailer park around 1:30 p.m. near Highway 98 at Keller Road in the Barnwell community.
Sheriff Hoss Mack with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said that deputies made an announcement that they were there to serve the papers, but there was no answer. After several attempts to get a response, deputies entered and that was when, officials say, a man fired shots at the deputies. Sheriff Mack says the deputies retreated and the man kept coming at them, firing additional shots. He says the deputies did return fire.
Deputies attempted to evacuate the neighboring trailers after the suspect retreated back into his trailer, the sheriff said.
A SWAT team were called to the area and made several attempts to contact the suspect. When those attempts failed, tear gas canisters were deployed over the course of 2 and a half hours, Sheriff Mack says.
After several hours of attempting to negotiate, the SWAT team determined they should enter the trailer again, officials say, but when they entered, the suspect fired several shots at the officers. Sheriff Mack says the officer's ballistic shields and vests were hit.
Sheriff Mack says that was when members of the SWAT team returned fire and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbors nearby said they could hear multiple gunshots around 6:30 p.m.
Throughout the standoff, Sheriff Hoss Mack urged residents to shelter in place or avoid the area. The school nearby was also put on lockdown and bus routes and traffic was suspended in the area, officials say.
The sheriff's office said no deputies were injured during the standoff.
At around 7 p.m., officials reopened Highway 98 and the trailer park with "escorted access."
Alabama State Troopers were also at the scene to assist the sheriff's office.
A helicopter with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has arrived to provide air support.
Sheriff Hoss Mack says the Major Crimes Unit will take over the investigation.
This is a developing story. We will update this page as we learn more information.