On 12/17/2022 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Opelika Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in the 100 Block of 19th Place. During the call there was an open line which appeared to involve a domestic dispute. The female caller requested assistance before the line was disconnected. Two officers arrived on scene within minutes. Upon arrival, officers were able to make contact with the female caller who invited them inside the residence. Once inside there appeared to have been an ongoing domestic dispute between the female caller and her boyfriend, later identified as 51-year-old Alan Perez. Upon contact, Perez was armed with a large kitchen knife. Mr. Perez ignored verbal commands from officers to drop the knife and continued advancing towards the female and officers. One officer discharged his weapon striking Mr. Perez. Medical assistance was immediately requested, and officers were able to get the female caller and her adult son out of the residence safely. Additional responding officers rendered emergency aid while waiting for EMS to arrive. Perez was then transported to East Alabama Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Bureau of Investigations (SBI) was called in to investigate. All evidence and videos have been turned over to SBI for their investigation. Once they have completed a full and thorough investigation, the results will be turned over to the Lee County District Attorney’s Office who will present the findings to a Lee County Grand Jury. Any further inquiries about the investigation should be directed to SBI or the Lee County District Attorney’s office.
On 12/17/2022 at approximately 10:32 p.m., Opelika Dispatch received a call from a residence in the 100 Block of 19th Place. Upon arrival, officers encountered a 51-year-old Hispanic male with a knife. An incident occurred which lead to one of the officers shooting the male. Medical aid was immediately rendered and the male was transported by ETS to East Alabama Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Bureau of Investigations was called in to conduct an investigation in accordance with department protocol. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. This is an active investigation and additional information will be released in the coming days.