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The Washington County prosecuting legal professional introduced Friday (June three) he decided an officer-involved capturing involving a Fayetteville officer was justified. Prosecutor Matt Durrett stated no expenses will probably be filed within the case. The capturing passed off April 23 when Fayetteville police stopped Willie Tillman, 33, of Marianna for driving with out headlights round 2:25 a.m., in line with police. Tillman stepped out of the car, however dove again contained in the automobile and tried to flee from police. A battle ensued between the officers and Tillman, who was in a position to drive the car whereas the officers had been partially inside.
Police stated Corporal Patrick Hanby and Officer Brandon Jones first used their tasers on Tillman, however the place unsuccessful in making him cease the automobile. Hanby was in a position to get out of auto, however Jones was nonetheless inside whereas Tillman continued driving. “It was at that time that Officer Jones pulled his gun after which Tillman tried to grabbed for the gun,” Durret stated. “[Jones] fired a shot. [Tillman] grabbed the gun once more, [Jones] fired two extra pictures after which fired one final shot whereas Tillman had his hand on the gun. Jones was ultimately in a position to get the car to cease. Tillman was taken to the hospital the place he died Could 9 from his accidents.
An inner investigation carried out by the Fayetteville Police Division discovered the officers adopted protocol throughout the incident. The investigation additionally discovered Jones’ actions had been justified. Investigators used officer statements, audio and video recordings from each officers, bodily proof and unbiased third celebration movies whereas conducting the investigation. The Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace investigated the incident on the request of Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor after which turned it over to Durrett for evaluation. Durrett stated after looking out Tillman’s automobile police discovered marijuana in his again seat. Court docket data additionally present Tillman had warrants out for his arrest on expenses starting from possession of a managed substance with intent to ship to aggravated assault.
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