NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Henry Reyes
Police Chief
(256) 427-7001
Sgt. Mark Roberts
Public Information Officer
(256) 427-7197

                      

Death Investigation

Huntsville, Alabama (March 19, 2009) On March 18, 2009, at approximately 6:13 pm, Huntsville Police Officers responded to multiple 911 calls reference a man with a gun on Elizabeth Street. As the first officer arrived, 33 year old Gartrayl Baker of Huntsville fled on foot armed with a handgun. The officer pursued Mr. Baker on foot demanding that he drop the weapon. After a brief struggle, Mr. Baker was taken into custody and handcuffed. After his arrest, it was determined that Mr. Baker needed medical attention and an ambulance was called. Mr. Baker was taken to the Huntsville Hospital Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead. The Huntsville Police Departmentís Major Crimes Unit is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Bakerís death.