Death Investigation

Publish Date: July 19, 2017
Written by: Sheriff's Office
Categories: News | Shooting | Update

Birmingham, AL 07/19/2017

At about 6:15 pm last night deputies were dispatched to a home in the 6300 block of Clay-Palmerdale Road to conduct a welfare check on an elderly female who lives on the property.

The landlord of the property reported that her son, who lives in a separate residence on the same property, had been harassing the elderly tenant and threatening them with a gun. It was reported that the suspect had access to a loaded handgun.

Deputies arrived and spoke to the tenant. They were told that the landlord’s son, later identified as 32-year-old Daniel Thomas Reid, had been tampering with their phone and cable lines as well as yelling at them and threatening them.

After speaking with the tenant, deputies went to Reid’s home to speak with him. He immediately began yelling at them and attempted to go back inside the home. When deputies prevented him from going inside he began to fight with them. One deputy deployed a taser, it had no effect. The second deputy deployed a taser, and again Reid who is 6’4″ and just under 300 lbs wiped the taser contacts away and was not affected. Reid wrestled the taser away from the second deputy and tased the first deputy. He advanced toward the second deputy who then fired two shots at him. Reid initially went down, but got up and advanced on the deputy again. The deputy fired a third shot. Reid succumbed to the gunshot wounds. Deputies rendered first aid and called for paramedics. Reid was pronounced dead on the scene. It was reported Reid struggled with mental illness but that has yet to be confirmed. According to recent call records, Sheriffs Deputies have responded to this address two other occasions neither of which involved Reid.

As is standard The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is conducting an investigation at the request of the Sheriffs Office.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian: “It is sad and tragic anytime there is a loss of life. Our hearts and prayers are with the Reid family. This will be a difficult time for them. We also ask for prayers and support for our involved deputies as they navigate the emotions of having gone through this. We grieve with this mans family and our community and we are thankful our deputies survived.”

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