Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office has requested the Alabama Bureau
of Investigation to look into the circumstances surrounding an officer
involved shooting in Elmore County Tuesday night.
The ABI confirms
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin requested the ABI investigate the
incident. The ABI's findings will be turned over to a grand jury.
Franklin says an off-duty Montgomery firefighter, 34-year-old Jeremy
Acre of Holtville was shot in the upper torso and killed by an Elmore
County Sheriff's Deputy.
Franklin says two deputies were
dispatched to the scene to shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday to conduct a
welfare check at the home on Hogan Road in Holtville on reports of a
domestic violence incident.
When the deputies approached the door
they heard the sound of a gun being loaded. When deputies knocked on the
door, Acre allegedly answered and was clearly agitated. He was told
multiple times to drop the handgun he was holding.
one of the deputies deployed his Taser which took Acre down until he was
able to remove one of the probes from his body. He got back up and
threatened the officers with his gun - that's when a deputy fired a
single shot. That shot proved fatal for Acre - he was pronounced dead at
Franklin added that both deputies who responded to the
scene have at least 15 years of law enforcement experience. At the time
of the incident, Acre's wife and two children were home. Franklin says
they did not witness the incident.
A spokesperson with the City of Montgomery confirms Acre had been employed by the department since 1999.
The ABI investigation is standard whenever an officer is involved in a shooting.