Man dies diving from beach balcony on ninth floor during police shootout after & # 39; flights from DUI stop and stealing an officer weapon & # 39;
- Suspect Russell Mallette, 38, died early Monday in Gulf Shores, Alabama
- Police say Mallette, who lives in Nevada, has fled a traffic jam
- Officers chased and believed he was driving while he was drunk
- Mallette is said to have stolen an officer weapon and started shooting at police officers
- The police returned and Mallette fell or jumped off the balcony
Russell Mallette, 38, died early Monday in Gulf Shores, Alabama
A suspect died in a police shoot after depositing nine stories from the balcony of an apartment building on the beach.
Russell Mallette, 38, died early Monday in the dramatic shooting in the apartments of Ocean House in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Police say that Mallette, a resident of Sparks, Nevada with a history of public intoxication and DUI accusations, was stopped in a traffic stop around 4:00 AM.
The officer had a brief conversation with Mallette and suspected he was drunk, but Mallette hurried away from the stop, Gulf Shores told police sergeant Jason Woodruff AL.com.
The officer chased Mallette a short distance to the nearby Ocean House apartments and tackled the suspect in a physical battle as he left his vehicle, police said.
Mallet popped up from the ninth floor of these apartments during a police shootout
Police officers say Mallette was able to take the gun from the arresting officer during the fight and start shooting at him.
Mallette fled the stairwell from the apartments while other officers arrived on the scene.
On the fifth floor, responding officers say Mallette opened fire and shot the police back.
The suspect continued to fire as he fled to the ninth floor and the police withdrew to determine a perimeter.
The police are investigating the stairwell after the fatal dive
The shooting ended when Mallette dived from the publicly accessible balcony on the ninth floor in the stairwell.
Mallette is seen in an undated mugshot
Police say they are unsure whether Mallette has jumped intentionally or fell accidentally.
& # 39; There was no police officer on the same floor as Mr. Mallette when he went over the side & # 39 ;, Baldwin County District Attorney Bob Wilters said.
Mallette was apparently visiting the area to see family and friends, and has a history in the Gulf Coast of Alabama and previously lived in Mobile.
In 2002, he was arrested by Gulf Shores Police for property crimes and opposition to arrest. He had two DUI arrests in 2009 and 2010.
Three officers were placed on administrative leave awaiting a review of the case, as is customary in police deaths.
An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death of Mallette.
A special grand jury will be convened to review the case once the investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force has been completed.
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