Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray has released new details of a police shooting that left a man dead in September, and he defends his officers' actions.
An incident review board met Tuesday to review the actions of Huntsville Police Department officers who were involved in the shooting death of Haraesheo Rice on Green Meadow Road September 20.
McMurray detailed a timeline with events leading up to Rice's shooting death. Police received a call shortly after 9:30 p.m. of a report of an assault. Police said Rice physically assaulted two victims before a third victim pulled into the Huntsville North Precinct with four gunshots in his vehicle. Minutes later, police say Rice forced his way into a home on Green Meadow Road. He shot one victim several times while another victim, 47-year-old Keith Ricks, was killed after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Police later determined that Rice used a stolen gun from Bessemer, Alabama.
Officers were dispatched to Creighton Avenue, which intersects Green Meadow Road, minutes after the deadly shooting when Rice began ringing a doorbell at a home. Police say four officers arrived, where they located a gunshot victim who told them Haraesheo Rice was the shooter. An officer found Rice on Green Meadow Road where Rice was running from a house on the road armed with a weapon. McMurray says Rice raised the weapon at the officers, which prompted four officers to shoot at Rice for a total of six seconds. Rice died as a result of the gunshot wounds.
Police say they are not releasing video of the shooting because of privacy concerns and potential effects it may have on victims' families. The victim who suffered several gunshot wounds remains in the hospital.
Rice was listed as the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the Madison County Sheriff's Office a month before the shooting. The lawsuit states Rice was schizophrenic and had bipolar disorder, and was not given proper medical care after being arrested in August 2016.
Police say they were not aware of any diagnosed mental health issues regarding Rice, but they defend the officers' actions based on the immediacy of the situation, the danger presented to police and the danger presented to the public.