Etowah County Sheriff's Deputies shoot and kill drug suspect

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - An Etowah County man is dead after an officer involved shooting Sunday afternoon. The Etowah County Sheriff's Department tells FOX6 deputies were serving a failure to appear warrant just after 12:00 p.m. Sunday at 1319 Shady Grove Road in Boaz.

Investigators say 55-year-old Anthony Ray Sampson pointed a gun at the Deputies when they arrived at his home. The deputies then fired at the suspect and backed off the scene to call for backup.

When the Etowah County Joint Special Operations Group arrived and went back into the home, they found Sampson dead. They also located packets of marijuana and Mexican methamphetamines.

The deputies had been trying to serve the warrant to 38-year-old Bobby Ray Emery, who also resided at the residence. Emery failed to appear in court on drug charges and reckless endangerment when he led deputies on a high speed chase.

The ABI and Alabama Department of Forensic Science are leading the investigation into the shooting.

Sheriff Entrekin says, "At this time, based on the evidence gathered we believe there is no reason to place the three deputies on administrative leave.  They will continue with their regular work rotation and were scheduled to be off today and tomorrow."

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