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Deputies identify man killed in Bessemer officer-involved shooting

Sheriff's deputies and Bessemer Police gathered at the shooting scene. Source: WBRC video Sheriff's deputies and Bessemer Police gathered at the shooting scene. Source: WBRC video
Police cordoned off the scene where Powell was shot. Source: WBRC video Police cordoned off the scene where Powell was shot. Source: WBRC video
The home where police confronted Powell. Source: WBRC video The home where police confronted Powell. Source: WBRC video
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies have identified the man shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting early this morning in Bessemer.

Parish Laconley Powell, 38 of Bessemer, died during surgery at UAB after being shot during a confrontation with police.

Bessemer Fire and Rescue and Bessemer Police had responded to a medical aid call at Powell's residence in the 800 block of Dartmouth Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The caller told the 911 operator that Powell was agitated and combative.

When Fire and Rescue attempted to treat Powell, he became combative, ran to the kitchen and grabbed two knives.

Officers drew their weapons and tried to talk Powell into dropping the knives. Powell refused to do so and instead told officers to put their weapons away. When the officers refused Powell's request, he lunged at one of the officers and threw one of the knives at him. The officer then shot Powell.

The Bessemer Police Department called in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department to investigate the shooting according to Bessemer Police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge.

The sheriff's department was called in to investigate objectively. Chief Deputy Randy Christian says a male at the scene was acting irate and was armed with a knife when he was shot.

It is unclear still who called 911 and what medical help Powell may have needed so stay with this story for more information as it becomes available.

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