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Alabama Officer Facing Murder Charge for Shooting

March 03, 2016  | 

Montgomery, AL, police officer Aaron "A.C." Smith (Photo: Montgomery County Detention Center)
Montgomery, AL, police officer Aaron "A.C." Smith (Photo: Montgomery County Detention Center)

Montgomery, AL, police officer Aaron "A.C." Smith, 23, has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Gregory Gunn.

Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey stated during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that "probable cause" was found in an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation to arrest Smith. Smith was booked in the Montgomery County Detention Facility with a $150,000 bond, WSFA TV reports.

The investigation started shortly after Gunn, a 59-year-old black man, was shot and killed by Smith, a white police officer, in the city's Mobile Heights neighborhood early last Thursday morning. 

Gregory Gunn (Photo: WSFA TV via family)
Gregory Gunn (Photo: WSFA TV via family)

Montgomery police have said Smith was on routine patrol when he noticed what he believed to be a suspicious man walking down the street. Smith engaged Gunn, and there was a struggle that continued for about a block. At some point Smith fired his weapon and fatally struck Gunn.

Bailey said the investigation is ongoing and will take time, but once it is complete, it will be turned over to a grand jury.

Comments (20)

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Tyson @ 3/3/2016 5:12 PM

Good Work! another idiot off the streets, that does not belong to the PD, I wonder, how many more like this idiot are out there??

OK then @ 3/3/2016 5:17 PM

There isn't enough information to form an intelligent opinion one way or another.

Lawman102 @ 3/3/2016 5:47 PM

Are you kidding me and arrest before the investigation is complete. Why the rush, investigate throughly and once completed if the officer is wrong, go forth. However, to arrest prior to completing is wrong! Have you ever heard the old saying "two wrongs don't make a right".
This kind of rush will make cops all over the Country second guess themselves, putting their lives in even more jeopardy.

David @ 3/3/2016 6:30 PM

He fought the guy all the way down the block. We are missing alot of the story and seems to be a rush to judgement. Be safe out there.

VIC NYPD @ 3/3/2016 7:53 PM

Message to Tyson : it sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder ! Maybe you were locked up one to many times by a cop for your own misdeeds ! Waaa the police are bad -Waaa ! Take responsibility for Your life -jerky !!!

Enforcer @ 3/3/2016 7:59 PM

What is going on in this country? When is it ok to attack, fight, wrestle, and kill police officers? I agree with Lawman102, lets do the investigation first before making an arrest. The entire story is not here. Why, because it doesn't fit the narrative? We need to stop the false narratives of white police going out to kill black men. The truth is that more white men are killed yearly by police than black men are killed. White officers don't join the force to hunt and kill black men. If we have black officers only patrolling black neighborhoods and white officers patrolling white neighborhoods, you would hear it from the mountain tops that it's racist. When you're stopped by the police, you answer any lawful questions, don't fight the police, don't make furtive movements when your told to see your hands, this way both of you will go home safe. When did we stop respecting the police, 2004? Let's stop turning the clock back to 1960's. We are one people, Americans. Think for yourselves.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/3/2016 10:16 PM

All this story says is a black man resisted arrest from a white police officer and now the police officer is charged with murder. I hope there is a lot more to this story.

Robert @ 3/3/2016 10:20 PM

I agree 100% with everyone on this board that we do not KNOW what happened...I would assume that there is some evidence that points towards probable cause.
However, that is really moot in this case...what makes this case special is what Lawman 102 spoke about:
For the first time I can remember, a LEO is NOT being given extra rights / privileges that we the citizen / taxpayers of this country don't enjoy!!

If we as a citizen are involved in a fatal shooting and there is probable cause for an arrest...we are arrested on the spot. We go to jail (our bond is probably much higher than $150K), we lose our jobs our life is altered forever ( BEFORE we are found guilty)...later we may or may not be indicted. If indicted, we may or may not be found guilty.
However, LEO have typically been given a statements for up to 4 days (and other LEBOR BS!!)...and no arrests until indictment.
If I was the PBA I would be very, very concerned about this case; it may be the new reality!

plato's playdough @ 3/4/2016 2:40 AM

From the same new agency that carried the story referenced above, you got to see this....

"I will be honest, I had a warrant out and I was scared so I took off running and when I took off running, he started shooting," Eric Williams said.

Eric's mother said running was no reason for the officer to shoot at her son.

"He didn't have a weapon or anything. When they shot him, he had his hands up and his back turned," Brinda Williams said.

Eric Williams too said he thinks the officer should be off the force.

"He needs to be prosecuted," Eric Williams' mother, Brinda Williams said. "I was scared because I thought I could have lost my son."

--see how this works??

plato's playdough @ 3/4/2016 2:50 AM

Same paper, see a pattern?

Dramatic new cell phone videos show what happened moments after a man was shot and killed in a shootout with Memphis Police on Wednesday.

"When I looked further, I noticed a black officer standing over the victim. I didn't see the victim, but he shot at him like four or five times. Then he put the handcuffs on him.

"They shot him down. He jumped out and shot first though." others said in the video.

Despite a checkered past of shooting at other people, family and friends of the man shot and killed by Memphis police officers Wednesday said he would have never shot at police officers.

Family members identified Johnathan Bratcher as the man killed in a shootout.

Neighbors are angry following Bratcher's death.

"He did not deserve that. He just got a new baby on the way," Anthony Merritt said.

Investigators said a traffic stop led to a chase that ended in a crash. Two suspects bailed from the car and opened fire on the officers.

mike @ 3/4/2016 3:56 AM

There is enough information to judge Tyson a moron.

Chief 800 @ 3/4/2016 5:23 AM

We are all taught that you use deadly force when you feel your life or the life of another is in imminent danger. We can use this force to to protect ourselves and others. Never has use of deadly force been allowed to effect an arrest of a person being questioned who runs away. I am all for officers going home safely at the end of a shift but this senseless shooting of people who have warrants is causing the nation to turn on us. We rub shoulders with people that we don't know have warrants all the time and life goes on. I hope we can get our act together as a LEO community. I wear a gun 24/7 for a reason, but if it is used I know I better be able to pass the straight face test of whether or not it was both justified and necessary. God be with all LEO during these tense times.

Jhutch @ 3/4/2016 8:12 AM

So we can do our job IF it's not involving a black individual.

BT @ 3/4/2016 8:20 AM

Ever since Furgeson Mo. more and more agencies are throwing cops under the
bus to avoid protests or riots. Charge the cop with murder, then see what happens
in court. If these cases involved civilians shooting a black person, the agencies
probably would say there's not enough evidence to support a murder charge. But
because it's a police officer then CYA with a murder charge. Being a cop is getting
harder and harder to do thanks to this attitude.

Percy @ 3/4/2016 7:58 PM

@ Robert well said and very valid points all round.
@ Chief 800 An honest and well thought out opinion.

From what I and many others see going on is that those in le don't really seem to care if it passes the straight face test of whether or not it was both justified and necessary.

To most of the rest of you are you saying the public (you know us schmucks that pay for all of this) are best served having a potential murderer walking around.

Are you also saying that your largess would include any member of the public or only cops?

Everything Robert said is true.

Anthony @ 3/7/2016 11:12 AM

@Percy, I don't know any officers who don't pay as much if not more taxes than the average citizen. You know, the schmucks that pay for all this are the officers just as much as you... schmuck! By the way, assuming you do pay taxes, look at how small of the amount you pay towards police service. Penny's a day.

Dan @ 3/8/2016 6:10 PM

Chief 800. I understand what your saying but you go too far with your statement about shooting people with warrants! As if they are just being killed for a warrant! I don't profess to know all the circ's a surrounding every shooting, but rather then a fuel the fire, you should also take the time explain how many suspects with warrants don't want to go back to prison, fight and attempt to kill officers! That's why, more often than not, they get killed! Not for simply having a warrant. So please don't do us LEO's (you included)a disservice by over simplifying the matter! Stay safe everyone!

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 2:02 PM

I don't believe Officer Aaron Smith is guilty of murder. He struggled with the idiot all the way down the block. Its not just some poor black guy that got picked on. This Officer will win, and when he does I hope he sues the city for making a stupid decision.

Marcus @ 4/2/2016 12:43 AM

The police never face real justice - the criminal justice system always side with them.
John Crawford, Kelly Thomas, Tamir Rice,Eric Garner.. I could keep going and going.
And i'm sure the latest execution of Daniel Shaver will go without real consequences as well.
Apparently murder is perfectly legal as long as you have a badge.

Marcus @ 4/2/2016 12:52 AM

Anthony: Id rather opt out of paying that penny a day if the so called "protection" you police are providing is shooting unarmed complaint and begging people.

Increasingly it is looking like the police are the criminals we the people need protection from.

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