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Courtland home invasion led to deadly shooting

Courtland Police Chief Steven Terry requested the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation assist in the investigation.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 5:44 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 10:45 PM

UPDATE: (7:20 p.m.) The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says 53-year-old Phil Orr of Courtland was shot by a homeowner after forcibly entering a residence and firing at the homeowner.

Officials say the homeowner was not injured, and Orr was pronounced dead at the scene. Courtland Police Chief Steven Terry requested the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation assist in the investigation.

The homeowner and Orr were cousins.

WAAY 31 spoke with a family member who says he's feeling torn. He said both Orr and the homeowner were his first cousins. He didn't want to talk to on camera but said he and the rest of the family are hurting, because they have someone involved on both sides.

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According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, on Tuesday around 2:40 p.m., a shooting was reported at Water Street in Courtland, right behind the town's police and fire departments.

The sheriff's office says it was called by Courtland police to investigate the shooting death of an adult male. During an initial investigation, the sheriff's office says it was determined a person involved in the shooting is the relative of someone who works for the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Max Sanders requested the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation conduct the investigation. 

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