JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of bringing a gun into an county courthouse last year has been found dead.
News outlets report that authorities confirmed that a body found in a rural part of Jackson County was that of 72-year-old Fred Swearengin. Relatives reported the man missing about three weeks ago.
Swearengin was accused of entering the Scottsboro courthouse on Sept. 18 with a loaded handgun with a round in the chamber and four loaded magazines.
Deputies shot and wounded him, but he was later released from a hospital. A state trooper helicopter found the man’s body during a search.