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Man dies in balcony fall after shootout with police

September 9, 2019

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama investigators say a Nevada man died Monday in a fall from a balcony after a 4 a.m. shootout with officers.

Sgt. Jason Woodruff says 38-year-old Russell Mallette (MAL-et) of Sparks, Nevada, fled to a condominium after a traffic stop.

Police said Mallette attacked an officer in the building, grabbed his gun and shot it. That officer took cover and was not hurt. Other officers arrived and shot at Mallette, who ran.

Woodruff says officers were setting up a perimeter around the building when Mallette went over an eighth or ninth floor balcony. Investigators said they don’t know if he jumped or accidentally fell.

An unrelated officer-involved shooting occurred about 4:30 a.m. in Calhoun County, about 265 miles (425 kilometers) north.

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