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Sheriff’s Office: Madison Police Officers Cleared In August 4 Shooting

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Officers with the Madison Police Department have been cleared in an August 4 incident that involved them shooting a woman at an apartment complex.  The woman died.

Officers responded to Michael Drive in Madison after receiving reports of a woman armed with a handgun making deadly threats to neighbors.

Police repeatedly told the woman, Deborah Jo Day, to drop her weapon.  Police say the woman ignored their commands, and she pointed her gun directly at them.  Police then shot her.

Day, 55, was taken to Huntsville Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Madison officers were placed on paid administrative leave, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office stepped in to take over the investigation.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said it reviewed physical evidence, talked with witnesses, officers and reviewed video evidence as part of the investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office determined Madison Police officers were in exact accordance with Alabama State Law, The Ethical Standards of Law Enforcement and the standard operating procedure of the Madison Police Department.

Investigator Brent Patterson said the Madison County Sheriff’s Office cannot determine what the woman’s motives were in the case.  They did speak with her family, and determined she was suffering from some type of mental distress.

“This office further concludes that the female subject’s death was a response to her own actions, and would not have occurred if not for the female subject’s own actions against the neighborhood and police officers,” Patterson said in a statement.

The case has been turned over to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office.

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