Charles Darnell Baker, Jr, 29

Abbeville, Alabama
June 02, 2017

Agencies: Henry County Sheriff's Office Alabama

Cause of death: Shooting

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Henry County Coroner Derek Wright confirms the suspect in Friday night's officer-involved shooting has died.

Wright identified the man as Charles Darnell Baker, Jr., 29, of Union Springs. He was pronounced dead at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle, at this time, has not been charged and his identity is being withheld to protect his privacy.

The shooting happened along Highway 431 between Newville and Abbeville at around 6:45 p.m.

According to Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox, one of his deputies stopped Baker's car for speeding.

Maddox said his deputy smelled alcohol and narcotics coming from the car. . Alcoholic beverages, marijuana, and pills believed to be Ecstasy were recovered at the scene. According to Maddox, the deputy tried to make an arrest, the two suspects began fighting with the deputy.

Maddox said Baker reached for a gun, and that's when his deputy shot Baker. The other suspect surrendered.

As this was going on, a passerby who witnessed the events as they unfolded came to aid of the deputy and assisted in securing the scene and the driver of the vehicle. Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept. would like to thank the brave individual who risked their life in assisting our deputy in a very tense and dangerous incident.