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Man shot by Madison County deputy dies of injuries; suspect was registered sex offender

1-21-16 Alabama:

The man shot by a Madison County deputy late Wednesday night has died from his injuries.

Randy Joe Sanders Jr., 33, died following surgery at Huntsville Hospital, according to Lt. Michael Salomonsky of the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The Huntsville Police Department is investigating the shooting, at Sheriff Blake Dorning's request, and a shooting review board will conduct its own investigation next week.

Deputies were called just after 11 p.m. Wednesday to Highway 231 in Meridianville, south of Wells Road, for a report of a man with a gun acting erratically at a nearby convenience store. When a deputy arrived, he tried to make contact with the man, later identified as Sanders, but Sanders refused to talk and fled from the deputy.

After a short foot pursuit into the area of the Inspiration Pointe subdivision, Sanders allegedly repeatedly refused to stop and show the deputy his hands.

"In response to the threat posed by Mr. Sanders, the deputy fired his weapon, striking him," Salomonsky said.

It was not immediately clear where Sanders was shot or how many shots were fired.

Sanders had a long criminal history, according to court records. A registered sex offender, he pleaded guilty in 2010 to a charge of failing to notify authorities when he moved.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's sex offender database has his last known address as one in Madison. The database reveals that Sanders was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in Madison County in 2002.

He also had convictions over the years for drunk driving, escape, theft and criminal mischief.

It was not clear why Sanders was armed as he walked along the highway in Meridianville Wednesday night. In scanner traffic archived online, a dispatcher is heard around 11:03 p.m. Wednesday reporting that someone spotted a man walking southbound, making threats, with what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband.

About three minutes later, a deputy appears to be making contact with the man. The radio is silent on his end, except for a snippet in which he seems to be in distress.

A moment later, the out-of-breath deputy comes back on the radio.

"315, start medics," he says.

A short time later, a dispatcher is heard announcing, "We've got a shooting." She gives responding deputies the address of the convenience store - 11543 U.S. 231 - where the first complaints about Sanders came from. ..Source.. by Crystal Bonvillian

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