Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies held a press conference Thursday to give an update on a shooting which occurred Monday, Feb. 10, at the Lazy Creek Trailer park in Albertville and identity the suspect who was killed.
Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims identified the suspect as Thomas Ray Chamblee, 35, of Boaz.
Monday night, Boaz officers responded to a domestic call. When they arrived on scene, Chamblee had already fled. However, Chamblee’s wife was still there in a battered condition. She was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries which included a fractured skull, broken left hand and arm, and multiple lacerations, Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin said.
Officers from multiple agencies aided in the search effort for Chamblee. A BOLO was issued for a black Toyota Camry, which was later found abandoned near Lazy Creek Circle. Chamblee was located in a nearby trailer, after residents in Lazy Creek Trailer Park reported his whereabouts to police.
Officers began negotiating with Chamblee for him to surrender. After a standoff, he exited the trailer holding a handgun, Sims said. Chamblee proceeded to point the gun at the officers, who shot him before he could fire.
“The [officers] did a very good job of talking to him — took their time to talk to him,” Sims said. “He came out of the residence holding a handgun … He leveled the handgun at the officers, and that’s when the officers did what they had to do to protect themselves, resulting in the death of Mr. Chamblee.”
Sims said the sheriff’s office has had prior dealings with Chamblee.
“Domestic violence is a serious thing,” Sims said. “Whether it’s drug related or alcohol related, whatever; violence is not the answer. Unfortunately, it led to this that night into shots being fired and a young man losing his life … Somebody lost their son, lost their nephew and it's rough — it's rough for anybody. But, our officers went home safe. Our officers were threatened. They did what they had to do to protect themselves and protect the public that night.”
Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson said the final results of the investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation are still pending.
“However, I do want to emphasize and make known … from all the facts and all the information that’s been made available to my office … it seemed abundantly clear at this time … that the officers and law enforcement that was involved … all their actions certainly appeared to be reasonable,” Johnson said. “There is no reason to believe there’d be any sort of charges against anyone to come out of this.”
Multiple agencies were involved with the shooting, including the Boaz, Albertville and Douglas police departments and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.