Mother levels excessive force accusations against Decatur Police officer who shot at her son

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - The events in question started at Diane Clark's door. She remembers, "June the 28th. I had to leave to go to Huntsville to pick up my friend."

Around 7:30 that night, police came looking for her son, Maury Deshaun Randolph.

His mother says he was barbecuing with his brother when police showed up at her apartment, "The one the police was looking for, he runned upstairs. He come upstairs and locked the door and wouldn't let them in."

Clark's account matches the police here, they couldn't get Randolph to open the door, so "they went on and bust the door and come in."

Here, Clark's account differs from the officer who shot at her son, Officer Frank Linam. She says, "When the police officer come in, Deshaun said 'I'm down.' He was back there in the back. And the second kick, that's when they come in and when he said 'I'm down' that's when the police officer shot."

Officer Linam's account, related by Decatur Police, alleges that Randolph got up off the ground, and charged at the officer with "his arms extended in front of him in a manner consistent with holding something in his hands instead of at his sides in a manner consistent with running."

But his mother says he couldn't have gotten up as she shows the bullet hole in her wall, about waist-high, "If Deshaun hadn't been on the floor, they'd have killed him."

As for Officer Linam, sworn in a year ago, Tuesday, Clark says, "I think he should lose his job behind that. I really do."

The bullet went through the wall, but did not hit anyone.

The Decatur Police have already stated they are looking into Officer Linam's actions.

They have not released the results of that investigation.

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