Officer involved shooting turns deadly in Ozark, Ala.

Officer involved shooting turns deadly in Ozark, Ala.

(WTVM) - An officer involved shooting killed a man in Ozark, Ala.

Police were responding to a report of a man threatening neighbors with a gun. Officers say they ordered Earl Morrow, 83, to put down his weapon but he instead pointed his pistol at an investigator. The officer then opened fire and struck Morrow several times.

Police say the initial investigation shows the shooting was justified.

"It's something you don't want to do but often times in situations like this you're forced to take drastic measures, as in this case here," says Chief Tony Spivey of the Ozark Police Department.

Morrow's family believes he may have been suffering from dementia.

The officer who allegedly shot Morrow is currently on paid administrative leave.

"He was a good officer and I hate like I didn't want to see nothing bad happen to him. As devastating as it is it's been keeping me up all night. I still really can't believe it actually happened," says neighbor Howard Hinton.

The officer's name has not been released.

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