DA: Suspect Killed in Shooting Involving Baldwin County Officer Shouldn’t Have Been Out on the Street | Baldwin County Alabama News
The suspect killed early Sunday in a shootout involving an officer in Malbis should never have been released on medical bail, a prosecutor said.
This prosecutor confirmed the identity of the man killed Sunday morning, and he said the former Clarke County sheriff should not have allowed the man to be released.
Spencer Walker, a prosecutor for Alabama’s First Judicial Circuit, including Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties, told FOX10 News Monday morning that Clint Dearman, 35, was the man killed in Malbis on Sunday.
Walker said Dearman was involved in a previous shootout with police officers from Butler in Choctaw County.
Dearman was a wanted man, considered armed and dangerous when he was spotted by Spanish Fort police ahead of the Sunday morning incident in Malbis.
It was April 30 when the shooting involving police officers from Butler occurred. Dearman was injured and no officer was injured in this incident.
Dearman was taken to Mobile University Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and he was charged with four counts of attempted murder for shooting at police officers.
On May 8, former Clarke County Sheriff Ray Norris granted Dearman medical bail. Walker, however, said Norris did not have that authority.
Norris resigned his post later in the month after being indicted on corruption charges.
Court records show that on May 26, a lawyer said Dearman would need four more weeks of medical treatment and asked the court to postpone a hearing to July 16.
Subsequent court records show that on June 29, prosecutors asked the court to revoke the medical bond, declaring Dearman out of hospital and at large.
On July 16, according to records, Dearman did not appear in court for the preliminary hearing. Two days later he was shot dead in Malbis.
According to the Baldwin County Major Crime Unit, it was around 2 a.m. on Sunday when law enforcement officers from several agencies were in the area of Interstate 10 and Highway 181 looking for of a subject who had a warrant for possession of a firearm after being recognized as a felony. Officers received reports that the subject could be armed and had recently been implicated in another officer involved in a shooting.
Officers from the Fort Spain Police Department located the suspect’s vehicle at a Chevron gas station on Alabama 181, just south of Interstate 10.
Officers from the Daphne Police Department and Members of Parliament from Baldwin County arrived to assist and officers approached the subject’s vehicle.
MPs attempted to get the subject out of the vehicle, but he did not comply and tried to walk away, according to the Major Crimes Unit.
The suspect later named by the district attorney as Dearman was shot dead by officers during the encounter and succumbed to his injuries, according to the Major Crimes Unit.
Investigators say he was in possession of a gun during the incident.
Members of the BCMCU are conducting an independent investigation into the incident. The investigators assigned to this case come from agencies that did not have officers involved in the shooting.
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