TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A grand jury has found that deadly force was justified when a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a robbery suspect in December in Holt.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/MUG1bJ ) that Barry Neal Mullenix Jr. was killed by the Tuscaloosa County deputy on Dec. 23. Authorities say Mullenix had tried to rob Sumners Grocery on Alabama Avenue.
Authorities say Mullenix fired a shot at the deputy who responded to the 911 call, causing severe injuries. The deputy returned fire, killing him in the street near the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Crescent Ridge Road.
The deputy was struck in the upper right thigh. The shot he returned hit Mullenix in the center of his chest.
The deputy is still recuperating from the injuries and has not yet returned to work.