- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An Opelika police officer won’t face charges in the March shooting of a motorist on Interstate 85.

The city’s police chief, John McEachern, says a grand jury reviewed the shooting and decided there’s not enough evidence to charge Officer Phillip Hancock with a crime.

The Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/1qxjL1v ) reports that McEachern says the use of deadly force was justified.

Hancock shot 20-year-old Air Force Airman Michael Davidson on March 6 while responding to a call about an erratic driver on I-85. McEachern says Davidson made what the officer perceived as a threat.

Davidson was struck in the stomach, and the shooting may end his military career.

Davidson is suing both the officer and the city of Opelika. He claims the shooting wasn’t justified.


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