Phenix City man shot by deputy in Smiths Station dies

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 13, 2013 

Howard Edward Nevels III of Phenix City shot by a Lee County deputy Saturday in Smiths Station has died.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said in a statement that Nevels, 33, died at 2:04 this morning.

He was in The Medical Center in Columbus.

His body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences medical examiner's office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.

The Alabama Bureau of investigation is heading up the investigation.

In a statement Saturday, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said Nevels was being treated for what appeared to be a gunshot to the head after in incident in the 2700 block of Lee Road 243 that took place at 10:47 a.m.

Jones said the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Nevels after the tag matched one reported stolen to the Columbus Police Department in November.

The sheriff said that after the vehicle turned into a driveway, the deputy followed the vehicle into the back yard, stopped the cruiser and attempted to talk to the driver.

Jones said that instead of stopping, the driver steered toward the deputy and sped toward the officer. The deputy fired multiple shots into the driver's side of the vehicle windshield after the driver refused the deputy's commands to stop.

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