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Limestone County sheriff says deputies involved in deadly shooting won’t be placed on leave

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said a man pointed a gun at deputies while they were responding to a call at a home on Sugar Way.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 10:58 AM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 12:56 PM

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely discussed Sunday’s deadly shooting on Sugar Way Monday in a news conference.

Blakely said two deputies shot and killed 57-year-old George Dison during a domestic call Sunday evening. 

Blakely said the two deputies will not be placed on administrative leave. They are off for the next couple of days and will receive counseling for the shooting. He also said they could take more time off if needed, but they're not being placed on leave because the office can't afford to be down two deputies.

Blakely also said it doesn't appear the deputies broke any policies during the shooting, so that's also why they won't be put on leave.

As for how this happened, Blakely said Dison was threatening to harm family members and to burn the house down. When deputies got to the home, Blakely said they began searching around the property because Dison had run into the woods earlier during the day during a first call to the home.

The sheriff said during that search, Dison came out of the woods with a shotgun. He said the deputies told him to put the weapon down, but instead, Dison racked a round into the gun and pointed it at deputies. He said that's when the deputies shot him.

Dison died at the scene. His body has been sent to forensics for an autopsy.

Blakely said the deputies' body cameras were on, but it's up to the State Bureau of Investigation to release it since it's the agency's investigation. He said he has not viewed the camera footage himself.

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