MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile Police officer shoots and kills a suspected intruder early Friday, September 6.
This is the second police involved shooting in less than 24 hours.
Investigators said Ray Anson Mitchell was shot and killed outside a home in the 700 block of Bonneville Drive in west Mobile.
Police were responding to a possible intruder call.
Mobile Police said it started when they got a call about a prowler.
They said when officers arrived, they found Ray Anson Mitchell in the yard of a home, and questioned him.
A fight broke out.
Corporal Christopher Levy with the Mobile Police Department said, "The officers then tased the suspect. The suspect had no affect on him from the taser. The suspect was then actually able to get the taser from the officer, and then begin tasing the officer. That's when the officer then produced the handgun, fired, killed the suspect here on the scene."
A woman who identifies herself as a relative of the family who lives in the house, said Mitchell is a nephew by marriage, and had mental problems.
M.W.Wiley lives next door.
He said, "I was concerned about if it was one of her sons. She has two sons."
Wiley said he knew the family well.
He said, "We're, basically, real good friends."
Other neighbors who didn't want to be identified talked about what they heard.
One said, "I heard a pop. It was like a light bulb went off. It just popped. Then, my animals went crazy."
Another said, "I didn't know what to think. I just, I pray for that family."
"VERY DIFFICULT" SITUATION
Levy said, "It’s part of the job, something you have to be prepared for. It's obviously something that is going to be very difficult on these officers in going forward. However, unfortunately, someone did die, but no officers were hurt today."
Jail records show Ray Anson Mitchell has an arrest record dating back to 1998.
His latest arrest occurred in 2007 for possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a police officer.
Police have not identified the officers involved.
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