One Baldwin County sheriff's deputy was killed Friday and another was injured in a gunfight that also claimed the life of a man who exchanged gunfire with the deputies.
The gunfire erupted after Michael Jansen pulled a handgun on the three deputies outside a home south of Fairhope on Mallard Lane, Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack said.
The three deputies, armed with their service weapons, went to the 11800 block of Mallard Lane at about 4 p.m. Friday to check on a family disturbance involving Jansen, Mack said.
The gunfire took the life of Deputy Scott Ward, 47. Ward was pronounced dead after he was taken by helicopter to the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
"I have worked with him his entire time that he has been with the Sheriff's Office," Mack said. "He was a great law enforcement officer."
Jansen was pronounced dead at the scene.
The third deputy who was involved in the shootout was not hurt, Mack said.
The Sheriff's Office withheld the names of the surviving deputies.
Sheriff: Deputies hit by multiple gunshots
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