Morgan County, Ala. (WAAY)- Sheriff Ana Franklin confirms Deputy Brian Fulford has resigned, following a meeting with her department on Monday afternoon.
Last week, Fulford was placed on non-paid leave after he was charged with assault after a shooing Tuesday at a Huntsville Walmart.
"He came in and announced he felt like it would be in the best interest of himself and his family and well as the sheriff's office and our other employees, the community at large, if he resign" said Franklin.
Franklin said Fulford arrived to an administrative hearing with her and her command staff but before the hearing began, Fulford announced his resignation.
Fulford is facing a 2nd degree assault charge after the Huntsville Police Department released their finding to the Madison County District Attorney's Office. Fulford turned himself in after a warrant was issued Friday. Fulford was released on a $5,000 bond.
"That will give him time to focus on his family during this time and also to work on trying to go through the process, through court as far as answering the allegations and charges against him" said Franklin.
Officials say Deputy Fulford attempted to arrest David Horton while off-duty at the Wal-Mart on South Memorial Parkway. Horton was wanted on a felony charge in Morgan County. Investigators said Fulford fired a shot and hit Horton in the backside.
Horton was taken to Huntsville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Horton was booked on his felony charges.
Franklin said the resignation ends her investigation into Fulford's actions.
"We're relieved of that. We don't have to do that now and I'm thankful for that" said Franklin.
Franklin said Fulford was hired as a jailer in 2009 and promoted to deputy in 2011.