Agencies continue to investigate shooting

Published 8:53 pm Monday, November 30, 2015

A Selma Police Department officer remains on administrative leave as the State Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate an officer involved shooting that happened in downtown Selma Thanksgiving night.

According to Selma Police Chief John Brock, the SBI is still in the process of examining evidence.

An 18-year-old Selma man was shot in the leg, but it is still unclear if the officer or one of up to five other gunmen shot him.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Washington Street and Alabama Avenue in an area with multiple clubs just before midnight.

According to Brock, two officers were making a traffic stop for a DUI when they heard multiple shots fired and saw people running from the area.

Brock said multiple shots were fired into a large crowd that was gathered at the intersection, and when the officers identified themselves, multiple gunmen took off running and fired at the officers.

One officer returned fire as he pursued the group of four to five men on foot, while the other pursued them in a patrol car.

Brock said as the gunmen headed toward Broad Street they fired at the officer again, causing him to return fire a second time.

The chase stretched three blocks over to the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Church Street, where the officers found the 18-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Brock said the officers saw multiple people running from the crowd that shots were fired into, so it is unclear if the 18-year-old is a victim that was caught in the crossfire or one of the gunmen.

Brock said no arrests have been made, and the officer who fired his weapon remains on administrative leave.

Brock said the Selma Police Department requested the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident as a routine procedure and to make sure the officer did his job correctly.

The officer has not been identified. Brock said once the SBI is done investigating the case, their findings will be turned over to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.