One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Tuscaloosa Thursday night.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Captain Jack Kennedy says officers from the Tuscaloosa Police Department were called to 230 Skyland Boulevard Thursday night after receiving reports of an armed suspect.

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"[He] was reported to be armed with a handgun and had fired a round into a vehicle occupied by his children’s mother as well as their two small children," Kennedy said.

Officers then spoke to the victim and during these conversations, the suspect was seen driving in the area. Officers attempted a traffic stop, and although the suspect initially stopped, he then fled in his vehicle and lead officers on a short chase.

"The suspect stopped and fled from his vehicle and officers pursued the suspect on foot.  The suspect was located in a wooded area, and produced and fired a handgun as officers were approaching and giving commands," Kennedy said.

Officers returned fire after the suspect fired his weapon. The suspect was struck and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"The Violent Crimes Unit was called out to carry out the investigation.  Per protocol, no investigators affiliated with the Tuscaloosa Police Department will be involved in the investigation," Kennedy said.

This investigation is active, and no other information will be released at this time.

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