Police Officer Charged With Murder in Montgomery, Alabama

Greg Gunn, 58, was allegedly shot and killed by 23-year-old police officer Aaron Smith, who was working his third shift last Thursday.
1:46 | 03/03/16

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Back here at home tonight into a case making national headlines at this hour out of Montgomery Alabama tension building after a young police officer was charged with murder. The 23 year old accused of shooting an unarmed black man walking home. Police saying the officer thought the man was carrying a weapon ABC's Steve Olson Sami is in Montgomery with the officers explanation. And the victim's family now speaking out. This is the face of a young white police officer arrested in Montgomery charged tonight with murdering a black male 58 year old Greg gun. Police say 23 year old Erin Smith was working third shift last Thursday patrolling a black neighborhood. When he stopped mr. Gunn who was unarmed and walking home from a card game. There was a slight struggle that continue to before about a block or so at which time. New officer fired and shot he killed them the suspect. Smith's lawyer says the shooting was justified because he says gun was beating the officer with some sort of hyper but taught. He thinks the arrest is all politics we believe that these charges were brought. Two reviewed public owned rest. On its not lost on city leaders that this is considered the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement. The march from Selma to Montgomery and 65. Passed right through the neighborhood where gun was killed. It really is trying so. Community we're learning today that guns father was one of this city's first black police officers. His mother we lived with. Was happy to see law enforcement moved so quickly all I'll won't just. Gun was killed right here literally just a few feet away from his home this city remains divided it was a group of police officers who came up with the money. Officer Smith. To make bail. David Steve hosted summit in Montgomery thanks to you.

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