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Alabama Real-Time News
The Associated Press
3/31/03 11:21 AM
GREENVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Three deputies and two police officers suffered minor gunshot wounds when a heavily armed man opened fire as they responded to a fire at a mobile home.
Butler County Sheriff Diane Harris said Ronald Shields, who apparently had quit taking medication for depression, started shooting when the deputies arrived about 6 p.m. Sunday at the home on U.S. 31 south of Greenville.
Harris said none of the deputies had life-threatening wounds and all came to work on Monday.
Greenville Police officers next arrived on the scene and three of them were also shot. One officer was shot in the back but his protective vest possibly saved his life.
A police department administrator said Monday neither of the other two police officers was seriously injured.
The sheriff said Shields, who was not injured, had more than a half-dozen weapons, including shotguns and rifles. She said relatives told her that Shields had recently stopped taking medication for depression.
“We’re still at the point where we’re trying to sort everything out,” she said Monday.
Harris, who is approximately 50 years old, was charged with six counts of attempted murder and was held in nearby Lowndes County jail for his own protection, said Harris.
He had an initial public hearing before a judge scheduled Monday.