GULF SHORES, Ala (WKRG) — The last moments of Russell Mallette’s life is captured on cell phone video.
After hearing gunfire, a neighbor, who did not want to be identified, started recording from across the street. He had no idea what he was about to see as Mallette tries to access the roof of Ocean House condominium on West Beach Boulevard.
“While I was watching all this,” says the man who recorded the video says, “I watched the man, he kind of crouches down and goes into an elevator and then I see him come out of the elevator, walk around to one side, look over the edge. I hear police say top floor.”
The video shows Mallette wearing only a pair of shorts walking along the top floor of the condo almost casually. He doesn’t seem to be injured or bleeding. He bangs on the roof access door, then comes down the stairs to the front railing, pauses for a moment and then falls or jumps over the side.
“And the next thing I know I watch him walk down to the actual handrail on that top stairwell and just kind of jump overhead first right over the rail.”
Police say Mallette ran from a traffic stop early Monday morning. During a struggle with a Gulf Shores police officer on the fifth floor of the condo, Mallette got the officers gun and fired at him. Responding officers returned fire, but it is not clear if Mallette was hit by the gunfire.
It was only later that the man behind the camera realized he had met Mallette on several occasions before. “I feel like he just ran out of options by the way he did it. There wasn’t anybody around him when he did it, the closest officer probably three floors away.”
The Baldwin County Major Crimes Task Force is conducting the investigation. Three Gulf Shores police officers are on administrative leave while an internal investigation is completed.