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Body found in Guntersville apartment

GUNTERSVILLE (AP) — Police found a body in the apartment of a man who shot at officers when they tried to deliver an eviction notice and kept authorities at bay for more than two hours until he was tackled by a deputy Monday.

Bruce Douglas Anderson, 42, was arrested Monday afternoon and taken to the Marshall County jail where he was being kept on suicide watch.

Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls said the body was sent to a Huntsville forensics lab for identification. Walls said in a story on The Huntsville Times web site that Anderson had been associated with Dawn Klinesmith, a waitress who has been missing for 31/2 weeks.

Klinesmith worked at Wanda's Restaurant which is located about a block from Anderson's apartment.

Anderson has a previous felony record including first-degree burglary and was on probation. He is now expected to be charged with murder, Walls said.

Deputies had been attempting to serve an eviction notice to Anderson at his apartment around 9:30 a.m. when he fired three shots with a pistol after deputies came to the door.

The deputies entered the apartment and called for backup. At one point, eight deputies were in the apartment in a face-off with Anderson, Walls said.

Just after noon, a deputy was able to tackle Anderson and arrest him. Walls said an unsuccessful attempt had been made to use a Taser gun on the gunman.

Klinesmith's sister, Mary Bridges, waited outside during the standoff to see if perhaps Anderson had been holding her sister hostage. Bridges, also a waitress at Wanda's, said Anderson had been obsessed with her sister.

Bridges also said Klinesmith's car had been found about five blocks from Anderson's apartment.

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