UPDATE (4:50 PM 7/19/21): The Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to law enforcement officers becoming involved in a shooting on July 18, 2021. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office provided the following details Monday:
As reported yesterday, at approximately 2:00 a.m. on July 18, 2021, law enforcement officers from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Spanish Fort Police Department and Daphne Police Department attempted to arrest a subject on an outstanding arrest warrant for a federal firearms violation. That person has been
identified as Clint Alexander Dearman of Quitman, Mississippi.
Patrol officers located Dearman’s vehicle at the Chevron gas station in Malbis and approached his vehicle to make the arrest. Several of the patrol vehicles had their emergency lights and at least one officer temporarily activated his siren. All law enforcement officers were in uniform.
The officers noticed one person in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and began to issue verbal commands. While issuing commands, a second person that they did not initially see, identified as Clint Dearman, sat up in the back seat. The officers gave commands not to move and for both men to keep their hands visible.
The passenger complied, but Dearman refused to do as instructed and suddenly climbed over the driver’s seat while armed with a pistol. Deputies from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Spanish Fort Police Department responded by firing several times at Dearman. Dearman was struck several times and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger was treated for a superficial wound at the nearby freestanding emergency room in Malbis and released. He is cooperating with this investigation. An autopsy will be conducted at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
Members of the Baldwin County Major Crime Unit will continue conducting an independent inquiry into this incident. Once the investigation is complete, the facts will be presented to the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office and a grand jury.
Watch the update from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office below.
UPDATE (7:50 AM 7/18/21): A law enforcement spokesperson says a 2nd person in the suspect’s vehicle was also shot and treated for what are described as non-life-threatening injuries. A spokesperson says the suspect who was killed was a wanted felon who was known to be armed and known to be violent with law enforcement.
UPDATE 6:40 AM (7/18/21): News release from Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit:
On July 18, 2021, the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit (BCMCU) was activated to investigate an officer-involved shooting.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. law enforcement officers from several agencies were in the area of Interstate 10 and Highway 181 searching for a subject who had a warrant for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. Officers received information that the subject might be armed and had recently been involved in a separate officer-involved shooting.
Officers from the Spanish Fort Police Department located the suspect’s vehicle at 29805 Alabama State Route 181 and waited for additional units. (This is the Chevron gas station on Highway 181 just south of Interstate 10.)
Officers from the Daphne Police Department and Baldwin County Deputies arrived to assist, and officers approached the subject’s vehicle. Deputies tried to order the subject out of the vehicle, but he did not comply
and attempted to drive away. The subject was shot by officers during the encounter and he succumbed to his wounds. We have determined that the suspect was in possession of a firearm during this incident. No officers were injured.
Members of the BCMCU are conducting an independent investigation into this incident. The investigators assigned to this case are from agencies that did not have officers involved in the shooting. This investigation is still in its initial stages and crime scene personnel will be working in the parking lot of the Chevron. We ask that everyone avoid this area and keep our investigator’s safety in mind as you travel on Highway 181 this morning.
The area is otherwise safe, and more information will be released later.
ORIGINAL STORY: BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A man is dead after a shootout with Baldwin County Deputies in Malbis. Officials say it happened early Sunday morning near the Chevron gas station on Highway 181.
The man had previously fled from Choctaw County deputies after being shot several times there. Officials say he somehow made it to Baldwin County. He was wanted for several attempted murder warrants out of Choctaw County. His name has not been officially released. This is a developing story and we’ll update this space as more information becomes available.