Review Board Determines Huntsville Officer Who Shot Man Used Appropriate Force

Posted on: 4:17 pm, December 2, 2013, by , updated on: 09:03pm, December 2, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville Police Department incident review board determined that the use of deadly force to apprehend a man who fled police and fired at them in November was justified.

It all started on Nov. 16 when police pursued a car that was driving recklessly.  Huntsville police say the driver, Sabore Dante Basden, 21, attempted to elude police in his vehicle. Police say Basden wrecked his vehicle, fled on foot into a neighborhood, and began to fire a handgun multiple times at officers.Officers returned fire, striking Basden and causing him to fall to the ground, according to police. Officers were able to quickly arrest Basden and get him medical help. He is currently recovering and has been charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.

On Nov. 26, an incident review board was convened to examine evidence and hear testimony about the use of deadly force used to stop and capture Basden. The board was chaired by Captain Mark McMurray, and consisted of Lieutenant Gerald Norris, and Sergeant Clay Warmbrod. Representatives from the City Attorney’s Office and the Madison County District Attorney’s Office were also present to review all evidence and hear all testimony.

After reviewing the evidence and testimony, the board concluded that the officer’s actions were in accordance with Departmental policies. Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris concurred with the findings of the Review Board and the Officer involved has been returned to full duty.