Florence police handle one threat at a time, from a standoff to coronavirus

Police said they tried negotiating with the suspect, but he started firing at them.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 6:50 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2020 8:24 AM

Florence police have not released the name of a man killed in a shootout with police on East Limestone Street in Florence.

Police told WAAY31 they are trying to notify the man's family. They got a call to Plum Street Monday morning. When officers got to Plum Street, they found Nathan Bevis, 26, dead at a home.

Police said the suspect in the killing of Bevis ran into a wooded area on East Limestone Street, which is near Plum Street. That led to a four-hour stand off. Around 3 p.m., numerous shots were heard in the area. Police pushed everyone back from the woods.

"It's real crazy. I mean everybody should be at home watching TV and staying focused," said Karen Robinson, who lives near Plum Street.

Robinson said with the coronavirus pandemic already making her uneasy, to see sights like Monday's standoff, stresses her out more.

"It is scary. It's very scary, 'cause now you don't know who you can trust and everyone going in and out of houses and stuff," said Robinson, who was gathered near Plum Street watching the situation play out.

Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said they have to focus on one threat at a time in situations like Monday's.

"When you're facing an immediate threat, I wish we could practice social distancing, but there is a much more immediate threat to us at that point. This is just one of the issues we face in being in public safety," said Tyler.

Police said they don't have a motive for the shooting, but both the suspect and Bevis knew each other. Florence police called in the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to investigate the shooting.

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