Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Davidson, 20, was shot in the stomach by a police Officer Phillip Hancock as he lay on the ground during a traffic stop along I85 in Alabama, Opelika-Auburn News reports. Davidson was unarmed.
Michael Davidson was traveling from Texas to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base last Thursday when he changed lanes on the I-85 and clipped a semi-truck with his driver’s side mirror, police said. He stopped and got out of his SUV to exchange insurance information with the semi-truck’s driver, the News-Journal reports. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.
“He said he didn’t get that far,” Billy said. “…When (he was walking) to the truck, he said he heard something but couldn’t tell what it was. There was a lot of noise, but (he) could see the reflection of the lights off the truck – the police lights. Then he did what I told him to do. I told my boys if you see police lights (to) stop, put your hands up and turn around.”
Billy said Michael held his arms up, with only a wallet in one of his hands.
Then, according to what Michael told his father, “The next thing I know I was on the ground. … That’s when they shot me. I didn’t realize he shot me. I didn’t know what happened. It was so fast. They couldn’t have been there three or four seconds when I was shot.”
There are differing stories about what happened next. Billy said it was a while before his son received assistance, as law enforcement immediately began to check his vehicle. McEachern said officers and paramedics responded “as quickly as possible”, and even discussed sending an emergency medical helicopter to assist.
Billy said his son nearly bled to death due to his injuries. However, the family did not learn of the incident until just after 11 a.m. Friday when they were contacted by the ABI – approximately 16 hours after the incident. Source: Opelika-Auburn News
Officer Hancock, who is a seven-year veteran of the Opelika police department, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.