Grand jury clears Selma Police officer in shootingPublished 12:01am Sunday, September 2, 2012
The events of a May 10 shooting may not be fully public, but according to a Dallas County Grand Jury, the decision made by a Selma Police officer to shoot and kill a suspect was the right decision.
Both Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley and Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson confirmed the grand jury convened in August and offered a no bill decision, thus clearing the officer to return to patrol.
The shooting happened on Thursday, May 10 on the 300 block of Tenth Avenue, a day after the shooting, Riley told the Times-Journal the officer responded to a disturbance call.
“When the officer arrived, he did become engaged with an individual with a gun,” Riley said. “A shot was fired and that shot resulted in that particular individual losing his life.”
The suspect was later identified later as 17-year-old Je’Terius T. Moore.
Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and transported Moore to Vaughan Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
After the shooting, the department followed procedure and placed the officer on administrative leave pending the results from an inquiry by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. The findings were presented to the grand jury.
“This is a tragic incident,” Riley said after the shooting. “We definitely feel for the family because of the loss of life. Our hearts and our thoughts are with them at this time.”