One Deputy Killed, Second Wounded In Exchange Of Gunfire

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (November 24, 2012)--An Alabama deputy sheriff was shot to death and a second deputy was critically wounded while checking on a man, who was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said the deputies were responding to a call at around 4 p.m. Friday to check on the welfare of Michael Jansen of the Fairhope area outside of Mobile.

Authorities said deputies found Jansen at his mobile home and "were engaged in an officer involved shooting" when they were both shot.

Both deputies were taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile, where Deputy Scott Ward was pronounced dead.

The second deputy was in critical condition early Saturday.

Authorities said Jansen "was also shot during the exchange and he was pronounced dead at the scene."

Investigator Eric Winberg told The Associated Press that authorities were sorting out what happened and not immediately releasing further details.

The county's Major Crimes Task Force was investigating the shooting

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