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Hartselle Enquirer

Victim in Priceville shooting ordered to give up guns in 2021

By Wes Tomlinson

For the Enquirer

More details are emerging in an officer-involved shooting that left one dead Jan. 24.

The man killed in an exchange of gunfire that also injured the Priceville police chief Monday was ordered by a judge this past year to turn his firearms over to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office after a domestic abuse complaint, but the order was rescinded when his wife dropped the complaint.

Bradley James Ellison, 48, was shot near his house at 170 Emory Drive at about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. at Decatur Morgan Hospital.

Priceville Police Chief Rick Williams, injured in the shootout, is home from the hospital, according to Mayor Sam Heflin, and is on administrative leave pending an Alabama Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the shooting. Sgt. Jason Wilbanks is handling Williams’ duties in the 10-officer department.

Terrance Bowie, who lives two houses south of the Ellison house, said he called 911 shortly after 2 p.m. Jan. 24 to report that a man, who turned out to be Ellison, had lain down in Bowie’s backyard and was unresponsive when Bowie called out to him.

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