Police chief defends officer who shot airman

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Opelika Police Chief John McEachern says one of his officers acted within the department's guidelines when he shot and wounded an airman on his way back to his base in North Carolina.

McEachern said the officer gave verbal commands to the driver and perceived what he believed to be a threat during the March 6 confrontation along Interstate 80.

The father of 20-year-old Michael Darrett Davidson of Beckville, Texas, says his son suffered serious injuries to his stomach and colon. He told The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/1d66Ic0) that his son held his arms up -- with only a wallet in one of his hands -- when police arrived and shot him shortly after that.

The chief said video from the officer's car won't be made public until the investigation is over.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/

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