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Brundidge officer shoots suspect

A Brundidge man was shot in the arm early Thursday morning after a struggle with a police officer, according to a press release from the Brundidge Police Department.

Ricky Griffin, 43, was transported to Troy Regional Medical Center and later Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan after sustaining a gunshot wound to his left arm below the elbow.

Corporal Charles Beasley, a nine-year veteran of the BPD responded to a 1:30 a.m. domestic violence complaint at Grant Trailer Park in Brundidge where Griffin was the suspect. BPD reported that the 23-year-old son of Griffin’s girlfriend had stated that he’d been assaulted.

While Beasley was writing a report in his patrol car, he noticed Griffin walking away. BPD said that Beasley then told Griffin he was under arrest for domestic violence and he needed to talk with him. At that point Griffin allegedly cursed at the officer, struck him in the face with his fist and grabbed his gun.

Brundidge police chief Moses Davenport said that it is unclear whether the gun was in its holster when Griffin grabbed it.

The press release said that in the struggle the weapon was discharged wounding Griffin. Beasley also suffered from swelling above his right eye and bruises to his leg.

Neither Griffin’s nor Beasley’s injuries were life threatening and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the incident.