MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Priceville Police Chief Rick Williams, along with a suspect, were taken to the hospital after a shooting on Monday afternoon. Officials told News 19 the suspect later died.
According to a tweet from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the scene on Emory Drive in Priceville was secure but advised everyone to avoid the area.
In a separate tweet, officials said one officer, later confirmed to be Chief Williams by the mayor, was shot and transported to Decatur General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was also shot on the scene, and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn said the suspect, Bradley James Ellison, 48, later died from gunshot wounds at the hospital around 3:30 p.m.
Around 8:45 p.m., Priceville Mayor Sam Heflin told News 19 the chief was released from the hospital. In a Facebook post, Chief Williams said, “I’m good, y’all. Couple minor surgeries on the agenda. Thank you all.”
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Swafford said someone called 911 to report a suspicious person in the area. Swafford said when officers arrived Ellison shot at them and officers returned fire.
The scene on Emory Drive was within five miles of all three Priceville schools. The school system said it was under a “secure perimeter” as a precautionary measure, but the perimeter has since been lifted.
This is a developing story.