The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has been called in to assist in an investigation of an officer-involved shooting reported by the Citronelle Police Department Monday night.
According to MCSO spokesperson Lori Myles, Citronelle Police Chief Phillip Mayo requested assistance as the department reviews the events that led to the shooting of 36-year-old Michael Anthony O’Rourke.Investigators said O’Rourke had unlawfully entered the residence of an estranged girlfriend around 8:30 p.m. Monday when Citronelle police officers were dispatched to the scene.
Initially, O’Rourke is said to have notified officers that he was “armed with a pistol.” However, he then fled the scene in a vehicle, leading officers on a short pursuit. O’Rourke then drove back up to the residence, through the front lawn and in the direction of an officer parked nearby.
According to statements provided to MCSO, the officer — who has not been identified — fired two shotgun rounds through the front windshield of O’Rourke’s vehicle, which ended the pursuit.
Though O’Rourke was injured in the altercation, his wounds were mostly superficial injuries from glass and debris fragments caused by the shotgun.
He is currently still in the hospital, though deputies said that’s due to a pre-existing medical condition. Once released, O’Rourke will be facing charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree domestic violence.