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A U.S. Judge Acquits Officers Involved in O' Humphrey Shooting

By: Bethany@wtvy.com Email
By: Bethany@wtvy.com Email

(Dothan, AL)--A U.S. judge has ruled the Headland Police Department was justified in their shooting of 33-year-old Patrick O'Humphrey.

The shooting happened back in January after Humphrey's mother called 9-1-1. She reportedly called because she said her son was schizophrenic and had not taken his medication.

Paramedics called police for back-up after they were reportedly attacked by O'Humprey. The first police officer on the scene, Tony Franks, shot Humphrey in the arm after he was attacked. By the time the second officer, Tony Smith arrived, Franks was unconscious. That's when Smith fired a second shot into Humphrey's groin.

The judge ruled the police officers were within their rights to use deadly force since O'Humphrey attacked paramedics and police. He also said O' Humphrey could have injured other people nearby.

According to court documents, the biggest factor in the court's decision was the plaintiffs' failure to prove police violated O' Humphrey's constitutional rights.

Humphrey's family is not making any comments at this time.They have until July 16th to complete an amended complaint.

(Dothan, AL)--A U.S. judge has ruled the Headland Police Department was justified in their shooting of 33-year-old Patrick O'Humphrey.

That shooting happened back in January after Humphrey's mother called 9-1-1.
She reportedly called because she said her son was schizophrenic and had not taken his medication.
Paramedics called police for back-up after they were reportedly attacked by O'Humprey.
The first police officer on the scene, Tony Franks, shot Humphrey in the arm after he was attacked. By the time the second officer, Tony Smith arrived, Franks was unconscious. That's when Smith fired a second shot into Humphrey's groin.

The judge ruled the police officers were within their rights to use deadly force since O'Humphrey attacked paramedics and police. He also said O' Humphrey could have injured other people nearby.

According to court documents, the biggest factor in the court's decision was the plaintiffs' failure to prove police violated O' Humphrey's constitutional rights.

Humphrey's family is not making any comments at this time.They have until July 16th to complete an amended complaint.


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