Pleasant Hill Cut Off Road

An officer involved shooting took place this morning while Etowah County Drug Task Force agents were attempting to execute an arrest warrant, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin and Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin.

At approximately 9 a.m., Gaskin said as drug task force agents and Boaz police officers approached the suspect's home on Pleasant Hill Cut Off to issue the warrant, Arnold Ray Battles, 64, began to shoot at officers.

When shots fired, two Boaz officers returned fire hitting Battles in the abdomen, chest and leg. Shortly, Gaskin said the suspect was flown by helicopter to a Birmingham hospital. As of 11:30 a.m., Gaskin said he is in stable condition. No officers were injured during the encounter.

Battles was originally being arrested on charges for the distribution of controlled substances, according to Gaskin, but after Tuesday morning's incident, more charges could be filed.

Gaskin said the Oxford Police Department would be working the officer-involved shooting investigation, while the Etowah County Sheriff's Office would handle any criminal charges. He also said Jacksonville State University's Center for Applied Forensics was on scene gathering evidence.

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