Montgomery Firefighter Shot, Killed by Elmore Co. Deputy

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By Ashley Thompson

A Montgomery Firefighter is dead after being shot by an Elmore County deputy. Now, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking into the circumstances that led up to the shooting.

Around 11pm Tuesday night, deputies made their way to a home in Deatsville to check on what they believe was a domestic dispute. They say they were met by a man who was visibly angry and armed.

Teresa Walker says she was at home working on her computer when she gazed out of her window and realized something wasn't right

"I saw a deputy sheriff's car come through here with the lights on going about 85 or 90 miles per hour," she says.

Walker lives in the Elmore County neighborhood where a Montgomery firefighter was fatally shot. It happened at a house on Hogan Road. Two deputies say they arrived to do a welfare check, knocked on the door and were met by 34-year-old Jeremy Acre. Authorities tell us Acre was holding a gun and was irate.

"Our guys were very adamant about...you need to let the gun go," Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin says. "They were pretty much having a conversation back and forth about that. It was more of a demand from our guys to get him to put the weapon down."

Deputies say Acre would not put down his gun. So it was then that a deputy says he used his taser to subdue him.

"The taser was somewhat effective," says Franklin. "From what I understand it's about a five-second cycle on the taser. It should render you to where you're in a submissive mood."

Franklin says Acre did fall to the ground after being tased but never let go of his gun. The Sheriff says Acre managed to remove one the taser prongs from his body and regain composure. Acre was told again to drop his gun but instead authorities say he threatened the deputies. As a result, he was fatally shot once in the upper torso. Neighbors say they're not used to this type of action in their community.

"We don't need nothing like that around us but we just hope that things get better," says neighbor Grady Hutcheson.

Authorities tell us Jeremy Acre's wife and two children were in the home at the time of the shooting but the children did not witness anything.

The Montgomery Fire Department will not yet comment about Jeremy Acre.

Sheriff Franklin says the Alabama Bureau of Investigation findings will be available in the next few months.



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