A deadly police shooting in Ozark Monday morning has been turned over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Police say 83-year old Earl Glenn Morrow threatened two people with a gun before police were called to his home at the intersection of Deer Avenue and East College Street.
The two people he threatened were Mary Giles and her husband Wade Robbins. The couple lived across the street from Morrow. Robbins said he was moving furniture morning, when he Morrow threatened him with a gun. His daughter was right by his side. “"He pulled a gun out on me and my youngin and I told my youngin to run and my wife comes back over here and he says I'm going to shoot her and that's when he points the gun to her head. "
Giles said when she saw the .38 caliber handgun she felt her life flash before her eyes. “" The only thing I could think of was, I'm gone. I had flashes of my kids, my mom, and my husband going through my head."
Wade quickly called police. When the first officer arrived on the scene police asked Morrow to put down his weapon, but he refused. Chief Tony Spivey with the Ozark Police Department said it was at that point Morrow turned the gun on the officer. The officer opened fired, striking Morrow several times. Morrow later died from the injuries he sustained in the shooting.
Police don't have a motive for Morrow's violent outburst, but they say he suffered from Dementia. Neighbors say they never saw Morrow upset, but he had been complaining about his wife who died. Stefan Prime, who lived next door to Morrow said he was friendly guy. "He would see someone in the car that he knew and he would wave at them. He would wave at me when I drove up. He sat on the back of his truck and didn’t bother anyone.
Chief Spivey said an initial investigation revealed the officer’s actions were justified. The officer is on administrative leave, while the ABI investigates the case.