Police identify man dead after shootout with Gulf Shores officers

Ocean House II condominium in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) -- A Nevada man is dead after he fell from a balcony during a shootout with police officers in Gulf Shores.

Investigators said it started when an officer saw Russell Mallette, 38, speeding on Beach Boulevard around 4 a.m. Monday. Mallette was pulled over and the officer spoke with him and determined that Mallette was driving under the influence.

Russell Mallette

Police said Russell Mallette took officer's gun during fight and then shot at him with it

Police said Mallette then took off in his car driving east on Beach Boulevard. They said he pulled into the Ocean House II condominium where he parked his car and ran into the building. The officer caught up with Mallette on the fifth floor near the elevators.

According to investigators, Mallette attacked the police officer and was able to grab the officer's gun. They said he then started shooting at the officer. The officer was able to take cover and was not injured.

A second officer arrived at the scene and returned fire at Mallette. Investigators said Mallette ran into a stairwell where the third officer responding to the scene fired shots at him. Police said Mallette went up the stairs and made his way to the eighth or ninth floor of the condo.

At that point, officers said they lost contact with Mallette. They worked to set up a perimeter around the building and made sure residents and guests at the condo were back in their rooms.

Police said Mallette then went over the balcony and fell to his death. Investigators said they aren't sure if he fell or jumped.

No police officers were hurt during the incident.

District Attorney Robert Wilters said Mallette is from Sparks, Nevada and was in Gulf Shores to visit friends and family and had no outstanding warrants in Baldwin County.

The three officers who made contact with Mallette have been placed on administrative leave while the case is under investigation. Wilters said video and witness statements will not be released until that investigation is complete.

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