Jurors hear Montgomery officer’s claim about fatal shooting

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — Evidence shows a white Alabama police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black man told an investigator he opened fire after the man swung a pole at him.

Prosecutors on Wednesday played jurors a recording of a statement made by Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith about the death of 58-year-old Greg Gunn.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports Smith initially told an investigator that Gunn swung a painting pole at him before he opened fire. Prosecutors say Smith’s story changed over time, leading to a murder charge.

The defense portrays Gunn as being on cocaine and presenting a threat to Smith.

The shooting happened in February 2016. The trial is being held in the south Alabama town of Ozark after a judge moved it out of Montgomery.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.