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Name released of man killed in standoff in Tuscumbia

Courtesy of Tuscumbia Police

Authorities do not have official autopsy results yet but said the man did not die of a gunshot wound.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 12:36 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2018 2:31 PM

The Colbert County coroner says 42-year-old Edward Howard was the man in a standoff with Tuscumbia Police when the home he barricaded himself in caught fire.

Authorities do not have official autopsy and toxicology results yet but said he did not die of a gunshot wound. Tuscumbia Police tried to negotiate with the suspect to come out of the home and attempted to remove him during the fire, but he refused.

Police were serving felony warrants at the home on Riverview Drive to Howard, who was wanted on drug charges and for questioning in relation to another case. 

Howard's criminal history shows prior convictions for controlled substance and harassing communication. The state Bureau of Investigation and the state Fire Marshal's Office are both investigating how the incident happened.

It's unclear how the home caught fire. Tuscumbia Police said no officers involved in the stand off are on administrative leave at this time. 

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