Police review board clears officers involved in recent shooting in south Huntsville


The shooting happened early Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Marathon gas station on Bailey Cove Road. (Chris Davis/WHNT News 19)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An incident review board has returned its findings on a recent deadly shooting involving a man and two officers.

The board cleared the officers, finding they acted in accordance with Huntsville Police Department policies and procedures.  The board ruled the shooting was justified, and the officers have returned to full duty.

The officers shot Robert Young, 45, in the early morning hours on September 17 at the Marathon gas station located at 8212 Bailey Cove Road.  Young died on the scene.

According to Lt. Stacy Bates, Huntsville Police spokesperson, police were called to the gas station at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday.  Two officers arrived simultaneously and discovered it was a burglary in-progress.  Police saw broken glass in front of the store and spotted a male inside.

The officers gave the man verbal commands, but he began shouting, cursing, and throwing items from inside the store.  Officers said the man then ran out the front door and pointed what looked like pistols at the officers.

Police fired at him, striking him multiple times.  Officers determined the weapons were replicas of a Smith & Wesson M&P pistol and a Beretta 92 pistol.

The officers were not hurt.

Investigators reviewed body cam footage and surveillance footage from the store.

The officers involved have been on administrative leave since September 17.

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