Two Sheffield Police Officers were shot at on Friday, leaving one officer in critical condition, after responding to a dead body being dumped on a city street.


According to Muscle Shoals Police Chief Clint Reck, Officers were dispatched to Avalon Avenue around 1:44 p.m. on Friday to what was initially believed to be a hit and run.

Upon arrival police discovered that the deceased person lying on the street had been shot to death, and that a witness spotted a man dumping the body.

The witness had managed to take a photo of the license plate on the vehicle that the suspect was driving which came back registered to the deceased victim, and a chase began after the vehicle was spotted by Sheffield Police.

Officers chased the suspect identified as, 41-year-old Brian Lansing Martin, back into Muscle Shoals with the pursuit ending in an area behind the old Southgate Mall off East Avalon Avenue, near Walmart, where Martin began firing his weapon at police.

Officers returned fire, wounding Martin, who was apprehended, and then transported for medical treatment.

Both Sheffield Police were shot by Martin with one officer being reported as having only minor injuries due to the shot hitting his bulletproof vest, but unfornately the other officer was seriously injured during the incident.

According to Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry, Sgt. Nick Risner, a K-9 Officer with the department, was injured in the officer-involved shooting, and is in critical condition at the Huntsville Hospital.

Authorties report that the shooting suspect, Brian Lansing Martin, who is currently at the same hospital, was also convicted of manslaughter in 2013 where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released after serving only three years.

Officials have yet to release the name of the person found slain in the roadway, and at this time the State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.

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