Testimony: Officer rushed to scene, killed man in seconds
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two former Huntsville, Alabama, police officers testified this week that they were calming an armed, suicidal man when another officer shoved past them and killed him.
Al.com reports that Genisha Pegues and Justin Beckles addressed the court Wednesday during an immunity trial for William Darby, who’s charged with murder in the 2018 death of 49-year-old Jeffrey Parker. Police say Parker called authorities, saying he was armed and suicidal.
Video of the shooting shows Darby fatally shooting Parker within seconds of arriving at the scene. Darby testified that he pushed past his senior officers because they weren’t controlling the situation.
Darby indicted despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a police review board. His charge will be dismissed if immunity is granted.
Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews