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Deramus Ave Investigation

Published on April 4, 2018

Huntsville Police were called at approximately  4:25pm on April 3rd, 2018 to the 6400 block of  Deramus Ave regarding a possible suicidal person. The suicidal person, who was also the caller, stated he had a gun. He is identified as Jeffery Louis Parker, 49 yrs old. When officers arrived on scene they could see Parker with a gun. During a brief verbal exchange, and after several commands for Parker to drop the weapon, one shot was fired by one of the officers striking Parker and he died as a result.  There were three officers on the scene and all of them have been placed on administrative leave per departmental policy. There is documented video footage from Officers Body Worn Cameras of this incident. An Incident Review Board will be convened within the next two weeks to examine whether the actions of the officers were within our training and policy standards. The Board will consist of members from the Madison County DA’s Office, Huntsville City Attorney’s Office and The HPD Citizen Advisory Council.