BAY MINETTE, Ala. — A man has been killed in a standoff with Alabama authorities after he shot at deputies attempting to serve him an eviction notice.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office released few details at a Tuesday news conference on the Monday death of 66-year-old Robert Lewis Yates. reports a SWAT team entered Yates’ home at 6:30 p.m., about five hours after the shooting started. Yates shot at them. It’s unclear how he died. No deputies were injured.

County District Attorney Robert Wilters says Yates had been fighting with his landlord over maintenance issues since 2016, but he was unaware if Yates had any “noticeable” criminal past.

Daphne Police Capt. Jud Beedy, a member of the Baldwin County major crimes unit, says authorities are trying to determine if deadly force was justified.

Information from: The Birmingham News,

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.