Witcher was shot after an ambulance called to his home on Glendale Road for an injured woman called deputies for help. EMS workers said Witcher had a gun. Deputies say when they arrived, Witcher pointed the gun at them and fired.
They returned fire, killing him.
Witcher's family has disputed the claim that Witcher fired first.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. Both deputies involved, Deputy A. J. Case and Deputy Sgt. J. K. Garner, are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a shooting.