DECATUR, Alabama -- A Decatur police officer shot and killed a man late Monday who charged the officer and tried to take away his rifle, police said.
The suspect, Mister Bobby Lowe, died at the scene, police said, and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate.
Police said they received a call at about 9:20 p.m. of a disturbance at Summer Place Apartments, 304 Courtney Drive SW, that Lowe was reportedly intoxicated and harassing a female tenant. Officers weren't able to find Lowe then, but were called back to the complex just before 10:20 p.m. and told Lowe was back and armed with a pistol, police said.
The first officer on the scene armed himself with a rifle and found Lowe in the parking lot, police said. Police said in a news release that Lowe "charged the officer, grabbed the rifle, and attempted to take it away from the officer."
The officer was knocked to the ground and "fearing that he was losing control of the rifle, the officer drew his handgun and fired two shots, striking Lowe," the news release states.
The officer sustained minor injuries and was treated at Decatur General Hospital, police said.
This was the second time this month that North Alabama police have shot a suspect to death. On Aug. 4, Madison police shot Deborah Jo Day to death after police say she threatened neighbors and pointed a gun at police.