Man killed by HPD Officer's bullet

Back on April 3rd, a Huntsville Police officer shot and killed a man.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 2:16 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 5:44 PM

The Madison County District Attorney's Office has charged a Huntsville Police Officer with murder. 

William Darby was arrested Friday for the shooting death of Jeremy Parker

Madison County District Attorney Robert Broussard told WAAY 31 his office combed through the evidence in the case for the last three months. 

"Usually what you're looking at is whether an officer reasonably feared for his life before he was forced to use deadly physical force and on these particular facts of the case, we had a concern this was not a justified shooting. Because of that, we took it to a grand jury," Broussard said. 

Back on April 3rd,  Huntsville Police told WAAY 31 one of the department's officers shot and killed a man.

The shooting happened around 4:30 in the afternoon after three officers were called to a home in West Huntsville off Deramus Avenue. 

According to Huntsville Police, the officers were sent to a home where there was a possibly suicidal man. 

The department told WAAY 31 that a "brief verbal exchange," happened between the officers and Parker before Parker was shot. Police said the officers told Parker him several times to drop his weapon.

After the incident, all three officers were put on paid administrative leave while the department's internal review board investigated the shooting. The incident review board looked at body camera video, interviews with the three officers along with other evidence, according to the District Attorney's office.  In May, the incident review board found all three officers acted within policy

Once Huntsville Police's investigation was complete the District Attorney's office reviewed all the evidence before deciding to bring it before a grand jury.

"It was an extremely thorough vetting of evidence by the grand jury. Including every piece of video evidence that's available. Namely, the body cam's of the officers, the interviews of the officers, as well as other witnesses from the Huntsville Police Department having to do with training," Broussard added.

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