Huntsville Police Department Incident Review Board releases findings in fatal officer-involved shooting

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Officers are investigating a shooting on Jordan Lane

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  — The Huntsville Police department convened an Incident Review Board to examine evidence and hear testimony related to a case where an officer used deadly force earlier this month.

34-year-old William Thomas Hennessey was killed on June 18. Authorities say the incident began when an Alabama State Trooper began investigating the report of a driver possibly under the influence at 1004 Jordan Lane.  The offender produced a weapon and began struggling with the Trooper.  Huntsville Police Officers were in the area assisting in the search for the man when one of the officers was flagged down by a witness who was attempting to get the Trooper help. Huntsville Police say “Our officer immediately began assisting the Trooper and during the struggle he fired two shots fatally wounding the offender”.

The Incident Review Board concluded the officer’s actions were in accordance with Departmental policies. The officer has been returned to full duty.

The Incident Review Board Board was chaired by Captain Michael Izzo, and consisted of Captain Juan Joyner and Captain Jeffery Rice.  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. Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray concurred with the findings of the Review Board.