Internal probe of police shooting of Decatur man awaits chief’s review

By Ashley Remkus Staff Writer

Officials Friday completed the internal investigation of whether a Huntsville Police Department officer acted within policy when he shot a Decatur man Sept. 12, but they are not yet releasing the findings.

Information — the identity of the officer who shot Orlondon Driskell, 22, any records indicating whether Driskell was armed, and the officer’s personnel file — sought through a public records request by The Decatur Daily will not be released until early next week, said Huntsville police Sgt. Burnie Stedham, the department’s internal affairs director.

Stedham said Chief Mark McMurray will receive a copy of the report Monday to review, and the department’s policy does not allow for public disclosure of the information before that time.

“The information that will make it to the chief from the review board — what we found happened, the look at the department’s policy and training, and any recommendations — will need to be reviewed by him before any other information comes out,” Stedham said.

The review board includes representatives from Huntsville police, the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and the city attorney’s office.

They make recommendations to the police chief, although the final determination of any disciplinary action is left to McMurray, said attorney Jeff Grimes, of the Huntsville legal department.

Driskell was shot in the shoulder after he jumped from a vehicle that had been reported stolen in a Decatur robbery early last Saturday morning.

A woman told Decatur police a man took her 2006 Ford Taurus in the parking lot of One Stop Mini Mart at 308 W. Moulton St. shortly after 6 a.m., according to reports.

The officer shot Driskell, who was driving the stolen car in the 2200 block of Harden Avenue later that day after receiving a tip from a driver who was following the vehicle, authorities said.

Witnesses told Huntsville police it looked like Driskell was attempting to pull a weapon from his waistband as he jumped from the moving vehicle and ran toward officers, Huntsville police Lt. Stacy Bates said.

Driskell is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, a Class B felony. He remains in Madison County Jail on $30,000 bail.

Decatur police spokesman Lt. John Crouch said the department is waiting for the outcome of the Driskell’s case in Madison County before deciding whether to bring charges against the man in Morgan County.

Ashley Remkus can be reached at 256-340-2443 or Follow on Twitter @aremkus1.

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Ashley Remkus can be reached at 256-340-2443 or Follow on Twitter @aremkus1.

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