McEachern defends officer involved in Thursday shooting

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:23 am | Updated: 7:14 pm, Fri Mar 14, 2014.

Opelika Police Chief John McEachern expressed his department’s support of Officer Phillip Hancock’s use of deadly force during a shooting last week that wounded Airman Michael Davidson.

“Police officers are authorized to use deadly force in order to protect the police officers or others from what is reasonably an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury,” McEachern said during a news conference Friday. “Based on the facts and circumstances I’m aware of, Officer Hancock acted accordingly, within departmental guidelines, and we fully support him.”

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