Montgomery officer charged with murder in fatal shooting

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BY MELISSA BROWN, Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A prosecutor says an Alabama police officer is being charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man.

Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said Wednesday that state investigators have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith.

Bailey calls the shooting an “isolated incident.” But he says he won’t tolerate officers acting outside the law.

Bailey says Smith is in custody, with bond set at $150,000.

The charge comes days after authorities said Smith shot and killed 58-year-old Greg Gunn outside a neighbor’s home.

Authorities initially said Gunn had a stick or cane and the two men had struggled. But a neighbor of Gunn tells The Associated Press the stick was actually an extension handle for a paint roller that belonged to him.

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