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Board clears officers who fired at suspect

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(From release) The Huntsville Police Department has released the Incident Review Board findings from an officer-involved shooting on October 5.  The shooting happened in the area of Warrior Drive and Sparkman Drive.  No one was injured, but the incident resulted Jeremy Hampton, 27, being charged with two counts of Attempted Murder.

On October 5, at about4:30 p.m., officers attempted to stop a silver colored Saturn at Sparkman Drive and Blue Springs Road.  The driver, Hampton, refused to stop and led the officers on a short vehicle pursuit that went west on Sparkman Drive.  Hampton turned onto Warrior Drive and suddenly stopped.  He then stepped out of the car and pointed a handgun toward the officers before jumping back in the car and speeding off.

He drove a short distance on Warrior Drive before stopping again and getting out of the car with the gun in his hand.  While exiting the car he turned and shot at the officers before running from the scene.  Two officers returned fire before running after Hampton.  During the foot pursuit Hampton fired at the officers again.

The officers lost sight of Hampton, and other responding officers established perimeters and K-9 was called in to help search.  After over an hour of searching Hampton was taken into custody.  No one was injured during the incident, and Hampton was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

There were two other passengers in the car with Hampton, but they were not involved in the incident.

The board met October 13 to review the incident and the officers’ actions.   The board consisted of members of the district attorney’s office, citizen police advisory council and city attorneys office, in addition to the police department’s internal affairs and training divisions.  The board reviewed all evidence including police body cam video, in-car video, crime scene drawings and photos, witness statements and officer testimony.

The board found the officers acted in accordance with department policies and procedures and ruled the officers’ use of force to be justified.  The officers have since returned to duty.

 

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