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Authorities investigating officer-involved shooting at a Gordo apartment

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PICKENS COUNTY, AL - An investigation is underway after a shooting involving a police officer in Gordo.

The shattered glass, and what looks like bullet holes still clearly identify the scene where 76-year-old James Corder is accused of shooting at a Gordo police officer.

Pickens County Sheriff David Abston said Corder was served an eviction notice and became disgruntled, threatening neighbors with a gun.

When police arrived gun fire was exchanged. Corder was severely injured, while an officer had minor head injuries.

“Mr. Corder refused to throw out his weapon. Officers went in through a window and then he was taken by ambulance and helicopter to a hospital," Abston said.

The sheriff isn't sure who fired first or how many rounds were exchanged between Corder and police officers.

Neighbors said Corder wouldn't let many people into his apartment which Sheriff Abston said is part of the reason why he was being served an eviction notice. The sheriff added property managers weren't allowed in to inspect the apartment.

April Taylora lives across the street from Corder. She said he is her cousin, and she was shocked to find out what happened. “I woke up to the gun shots and by the time I made it to the window you could see everybody firing or whatever and we didn't know what was going on. I just seen all the police,”  she said.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation in looking into the case because an officer was involved in the shooting.

The Pickens County District Attorney said he is waiting on the ABI to complete its investigation before charging Corder.


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