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ABI probes fatal shooting of Eden man
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The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating the fatal shooting Thursday night of an Eden man by Dothan (Ala.) Police Department officers.

Ashley Wright, 39, of Eden was killed in a police-involved shooting in the wake of a drug investigation by Dothan officers.

According to the Dothan Eagle, Wright was shot and killed after officers attempted to detain him around 8:30 p.m. CDT Thursday.

When Wright tried to flee from the police, he struck and injured two of them, according to ABI Trooper Kevin Cook.

Two other suspects also were taken into custody, Cook said.

Narcotics investigators apparently were making a traffic stop on Wright at the Hop-In convenience store. As he attempted to elude police, officers fired into his vehicle. According to the Eagle, Wright drove a short distance before his car, a gold Nissan Maxima, crashed into a tree in the front yard of a nearby home.

Dothan Police Major Steve Parrish told the Eagle that officers got out of their cars and approached the man, informing him that he was being detained. The driver then appeared to reach for a weapon and put his car in reverse. That led officers to fire at Wright’s car.

Cook said the files on the investigation have been turned over to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office.

DA Doug Valeska told the Eagle that on an initial look, the shooting appears to be justified. Houston County borders Early and Seminole counties in the southwestern part of Georgia.

The Eagle also said Wright was a native of Midland City, Ala., which is just northwest of Dothan, and had an extensive criminal record, including serving a 16-year sentence in Alabama for a series of felonies.