Officer-involved shooting case brought to court

Published 4:04 pm Monday, August 22, 2016

Recently, an officer-involved shooting in Crenshaw County went under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to Crenshaw County Sheriff Mickey Powell, the deputy responded to a domestic violence call at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, July 22, involving a man with a weapon.

“It was a domestic violence call where the suspect had pulled a weapon on other family members,” Powell said.

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The incident involved a Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy and took place on Spring Hill Road, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).

A court hearing for this case took place last Monday at the Crenshaw County Courthouse in Luverne. It is the District Attorney’s policy to present any and all officer-involved shootings to that local grand jury.

“I received a phone call from the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office relaying that their officer had been involved in a non-fatal shooting,” said Charlotte Tesmer, Crenshaw County District Attorney.

“I called the State Bureau of Investigation, as is our custom. It was determined to be a justified shooting. The person who was shot was shot in the hand, and he was armed with a pistol at the time. He did not follow the officer’s orders as far as allowing the officer to gain control of the pistol.”

The suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment, and was later charged with domestic violence. The deputy was unharmed, according to authorities, and was placed on paid leave per department policy.