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Ala. Deputy Shot, Killed by Emotionally Disturbed Man

November 25, 2012  | 

Photo: Baldwin County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Baldwin County Sheriff's Office

A Baldwin County (Ala.) Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot Friday afternoon, after responding to a domestic dispute involving an emotionally disturbed man.

Deputy Scott Ward and his partner responded to a mobile home at 4 p.m. at 11830 Mallard Lane to respond to a welfare concern and encountered Michael Jansen, who shot both deputies, killing Ward. A third deputy returned fire, striking and killing Jansen. The second deputy remains in critical condition.

Jansen's mother had called 911 to report that he was agitated and wouldn't calm down. Jansen has a history of mental illness, including two court-ordered stays in a state mental hospital in 2010, reports the Press-Register.

The Baldwin County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the shooting, according to a BCSO release.

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Tags: Baldwin County (Ala.) Sheriff, Duty Deaths, Domestic Disputes, Mentally Ill Subjects, Emotionally Disturbed Person


Comments (15)

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Jeff Rose @ 11/26/2012 6:27 PM

Did dispatch informed the deputies about the man's history of mental illness?

TimFromLA @ 11/26/2012 6:40 PM

Did the dealer or P.P. who sold the gun to him know that he was emotionally disturbed? Now what LEO would be against regulated sales by a licensed FFL dealer?

Juan 10-13 @ 11/27/2012 4:38 AM

Hello Tim.....let's focus here for moment and offer our prayers to a fallen brother. It's great to suggest remedies to prevent future LEO injuries. But not right now. Thank you for your input! My prayers and Peace to my fallen brother and a quick recovery to his partner. Amen.

ChiefP @ 11/27/2012 5:56 AM

Hey Tim, not the time or place to be talking about gun control. If you are in law enforcement you would know that the statement you made is full of assumptions about facts you are not privy to. Please show some RESPECT and send the officers and their familys prayers and wishes.

Morning Eagle @ 11/27/2012 6:18 AM

Now rest in peace Deputy Ward and may your partner fully recover. Our hearts go out to your families. To the third Deputy, good Job!

JimVG @ 11/27/2012 7:42 AM

Tim- Sales of firearms are regulated. You are obviously not in Law Enforcement or you would know that simple fact. Additionally, this is an article about a Deputy who was killed in the line of duty. It really does not matter at this point where the weapon was obtained. If you have no better observations go back to your mother's basement. As for the Deputies, Rest in Peace my brother and Godspeed in the recovery of the wounded. Good Job to the third and Thank God you were there.

S.S @ 11/27/2012 8:02 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the slain officer, as well as the officer recovering. To the 3rd officer good job and glad you ended the threat. My thoughts and prayers go out to your department and to all your families .

pdavis @ 11/27/2012 8:50 AM

My condolences to the famiy of the fallen deputy, my prayer is that the God of all comfort will gird the dept with strength to endure. Speedy recovery for the other officer that was injured, i speak healing; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Third officer, good looking out for the blue!!

Steve @ 11/27/2012 10:35 AM

Way to many of these things happening anymore.

N.M. @ 11/27/2012 11:01 AM

TimFromLA where does it say that a gun was sold to him by a dealer? How do you know that he was legally possessing the gun or that he didn't steal it? Do you know something that the rest of us don't know?

J.Murphy Jr. @ 11/27/2012 12:43 PM

My Condolences To The Family Of The Fallen Officer ,And Hope A Speedy Recovery To The Officers Partner And Good Job To THe Third Officer On The Scene,Good Job Ending The Threat To Any One Else.!!

Gerald @ 11/28/2012 8:23 AM

Condolences from My Department to the families of both men.My prayers are with you.
In all probability the information on the condition of the suspect was not known to the dispatcher to relate to the Officers

stltom @ 11/28/2012 12:43 PM

EOW. R.I.P. Deputy Ward. God bless and hold his family close in this time of grieving.

John @ 11/29/2012 4:48 AM

TimfromLA: I believe in freedom of speech and healthy political debate. However, maybe you should show a little class. Stop being a mindless, liberal douchebag long enough to concentrate on the sacrifice Deputy Ward made while on duty.

Mack @ 12/6/2012 1:36 PM

RIP Deputy Ward, thank you for your career. May your family, your partner, and his family endure through this crisis. May God bless them and the third deputy.

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