Boaz police shoot man during drug raid

Two officers shot a suspect who fired on them while serving a search warrant, authorities said.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2018 10:32 AM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 5:31 PM

Boaz police officers shot a man Tuesday morning while county drug task force agents were serving a search warrant, authorities said.

Around 9 a.m., Etowah County Drug Task Force agents and Boaz police officers were trying to serve a search warrant on Pleasant Hill Cut Off when Arnold Ray Battles, 64, fired shots from inside the home, according to the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. Two Boaz Police Department officers returned fire while other officers took cover, authorities said.

Battles was hit twice and was taken by helicopter to a Birmingham hospital, authorities said.

The Oxford Police Department is handling the investigation into the shooting, according to the sheriff's Office.

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