BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are investigating how an Alabama man committed to mental institutions twice in recent years was able to obtain a gun he used to kill a deputy and wound another during a shootout, despite laws that would have barred him from owning a firearm.
Online probate records show Michael Jansen had most recently been committed in 2010. In both cases his mother sought his committal, though the records do not indicate the nature of his mental health problems.
Baldwin County Sheriff's officials say Jansen killed Deputy Scott Ward and wounded Deputy Curtis Summerlin on Friday afternoon before the officers returned fire and killed Jansen. A third deputy was unhurt.
The man's mother had called for medical help because Jansen was distraught, and medics called for backup when they could not subdue Jansen.