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Byhalia man shot by deputies after standoff

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BYHALIA, MS (WMC-TV) - The family of a Byhalia man who was shot by sheriff's deputies early Saturday morning in Marshall County said the shooting was unnecessary.

An argument between Michael Todd and his longtime girlfriend ended in a shootout between the man and a Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy.

Deputies arrived at the Byhalia house around 6:00 a.m. Saturday in response a call by Todd's girlfriend.  She said Todd had beat her up.

When deputies arrived, they said Todd came out with a shotgun.

"From then they backed off and attempted to negotiate with him," said Kelly McMillen with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators said after roughly three hours of negotiations, Todd came out of the house and fired several round in the direction of the officers.

Deputies then returned fire and hit Todd.

"He was laying face down," said a witness.

Todd was airlifted to the MED in serious condition.  His condition later improved.

Wendell Todd, Michael Todd's oldest brother, said his brother fired the shots in the air.

"The next thing I know, my brother came out with his hands in the air, with a shotgun, and he shot two times in the air," he said.  "He took off running and they shot him."

Investigators said deputies are trained to shoot to eliminate the threat.

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