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December 05, 2006
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Ala. police fatally shoot 2 men in parking lot

The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama- Two police officers shot to death a driver and his passenger after their car struck another vehicle in a parking lot and then hit one of the officers while trying to run over him, authorities said Monday.

Coroner Bob Berryhill said both of the men killed were from Mexico, but only one had identification.

Officials said the officers were placed on three days of administrative leave during an investigation of the Sunday morning shooting.

Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said the two officers were answering a call outside La Bomba Mexican Restaurant when they saw a car hit a parked vehicle.

"As the officers approached the car, (the driver) tried to run down the officers and hit one of them," Johnson told The Huntsville Times newspaper.

The officers responded by shooting "multiple" times, he said. An investigation will include finding out why both the driver and passenger were shot, he said.

Berryhill said one man died at the scene, and the other died at a hospital. An autopsy was conducted on one man Monday, but the report was not immediately available.

Johnson said the officer struck by the vehicle had only bumps and bruises.

The shooting happened about 15 months after an illegal immigrant from Mexico was charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Huntsville police officer outside another Mexican restaurant. Authorities said Benito Albarran killed Daniel Golden, 27, as the officer answered a domestic complaint on Aug. 29, 2005.

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