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February 06, 2018
Drug suspect wounded in shootout with lawmen during morning raid
A drug suspect in Etowah County was shot Tuesday morning after authorities say he opened fire on lawmen during a raid at his home.
The shooting took place about 9 a.m. at 100 Pleasant Hill Cut Off in Boaz, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin and Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin.
The wounded suspect, a convicted felon, has been identified as 64-year-old Arnold Ray Battles.
The Etowah County Drug Task Force agents were trying to carry out a warrant at the home when the suspect fired on police. Two Boaz officers returned fire while other officers took cover.
No officers were injured. The suspect was shot twice and airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The Oxford Police Department will be working the investigation. Jacksonville State University’s Center for Applied Forensics is on scene gathering evidence.