A man who opened fire on a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputy was killed after the deputy returned fire on Monday night.
Just before 10 p.m. on Monday, someone called 911 to report a man shooting into a home in the 700 block of Shadyhill Road in Northport. Tuscaloosa County deputies were dispatched around 9:50 p.m.
"He left, came back a couple of hours later and kind of shot up the house," Angel Hill said as she described how the suspect, Roylee Vell Dixon, shot up her home.
Tuscaloosa authorities identifed Dixon, a 48-year-old from Moundville, as the man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with deputies.
Hill called Dixon a long-time family friend. The friendship took a turn on Monday night when she said Dixon shot out the windows of her home, then shot through the front door to get her husband.
"We started running and he was running after my kids and I kind of had to beg him not to shoot my oldest son and he was just shooting everywhere," Hill said.
The first deputy who got to the scene saw people running out of the house, then spotted a man armed with a shotgun coming out of the home.
The deputy identified himself as law enforcement and ordered Dixon to drop his weapon, Lt. Andy Norris with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.
Instead of dropping his gun, the Dixon fired "multiple rounds" at the deputy, who shot back at him Norris said. The suspect was hit, but the deputy was not.
Other deputies, Tuscaloosa and Northport police officers responded to the scene. They began to treat the Dixon for his injuries until paramedics could arrive.
Dixon was taken to DCH where he later died from his injuries.
"The gunman chose to escalate the situation when he was asked, commanded, to drop his weapon," Lt. Kip Hart with Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide said.
The Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday that their investigation showed Dixon came to the Northport home to confront the people inside due to a "previous altercation."
Dixon fired the shotgun to get inside the home and then opened fire throughout the house as he looked for the occupants, Lt. Norris said.
No one inside the house was injured.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office is asking the ABI to investigate the deputy-involved shooting. They're asking Tuscaloosa and Northport homicide police officers to investigate the crimes that occurred inside the home, as well as the attempted murder of the deputy.
The deputy is on paid administrative leave pending the ABI's investigation.
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