GOODWATER, AL (WBRC) – The Goodwater Police department has called in the Alabama Bureau of Investigation after a man was shot twice by a police officer in Municipal Court Thursday morning.
State Trooper Chad Joiner has confirmed there was an altercation around 9:39 a.m. at the Goodwater Courtroom inside the city hall.
A man on crutches, reportedly by the name of Brian Keith Ford, was in court facing a domestic dispute charge when he became belligerent. Joiner says the man forcibly attempted to get a weapon when he was shot twice by a Goodwater police officer providing security for the courtroom.
According to an eyewitness, Ford was shot the second time after the initial shot brought him to the ground.
The victim was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Sylacauga before being taken by helicopter to UAB Hospital where he was said to be in surgery as of 12:30 p.m. According to Joiner, the victim was alive at the time. His condition remains unknown.
Authorities are not releasing the victim's name at this time, but they do say he was on crutches due to a vehicle accident that left him with a broken hip.
Witnesses to the scene are visibly shaken by the event. Eyewitness Danny Williams says he felt the officers could have controlled the man with a tazer or some other method. Williams adds he believes the officer used excessive force.