Two people, including a suspected active shooter are dead following a fatal altercation at a Huntsville, Alabama IHOP restaurant earlier this week. The armed employee who drew his own firearm to stop the shooting was also wounded in the shootout. Police are new releasing more details about the incident.
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“We have crime scene investigators and our major crimes unit is here,” Lt. Michael Johnson said Wednesday night. “Right now we have witnesses writing out statements and talking with multiple investigators. We have a lot of moving parts right now. There are people who are emotional. We just need a little time to piece this together.”
According to a local media report:
Police say the incident began as a dispute related to restaurant service. Investigators say that [customer Roderick Turner, 25] was at the restaurant to pick up a to-go order when he became disruptive and loud regarding the service. Police said a verbal altercation turned physical with an employee of the restaurant.
Police say after the fight, Turner had a gun and began firing at employees, shooting Roy Brown and the unnamed employee. Police say that unnamed employee had a handgun and he shot Turner in self-defense of others.
Roy Brown (pictured below) was the IHOP employee who was killed in the incident.
A friend of Turner’s (pictured below) told WHNT, “Please let people know he was a loving, caring person with a big heart. He was battling something he didn’t know how to deal with. I only wish we could’ve given him the help he really needed.”
Local media covered the incident in the following video: