One person is dead after a shooting in Eufaula Tuesday night.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the investigative division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, is investigating a Eufaula police-involved shooting at the request of Eufaula Police Capt. Steve Watkins.
Barbour County Coroner Sidney Chapman Jr., says 26-year-old Cameron Massey, was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m at Medical Center Barbour.
The shooting happened north of Eufaula on Highway 431.
According to Chapman, Massey died from a gunshot wound.
On the day Cameron Massey was laid to rest, a preliminary autopsy report shows the 26-year-old Columbus man died of multiple gunshot wounds during a traffic stop Oct. 15 in Eufaula, Ala.
Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman said the cause of Massey’s death was multiple gunshots in the report released Wednesday. “It doesn’t say the location or anything like that,” the coroner said.
Massey was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police at 431 South Wrecker Service in Eufaula, authorities said. No details have been released in the 4:40 p.m. CDT shooting other than Massey was fatally shot by police during the traffic stop. Police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of an investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
A Barbour County grand jury has found no probable cause that officers committed a crime in the shooting death of Columbus resident Cameron Massey during an Oct. 15 traffic stop in Eufaula, Ala.
A grand jury considered the case on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning a no bill with no further criminal action recommended in the shooting of Massey, 26. The case was presented to the panel by special prosecutor Boyd Whigham.
Massey was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police at 431 South Wrecker Service in Eufaula when he was shot multiple times by police. Massey caused the vehicle to accelerate, dragging one of the officers, according to a statement released Wednesday from Mayor Jack Tibbs. The traffic stop about 45 miles south of Columbus developed into a drug-trafficking investigation.
“The officers fired upon Mr. Massey to stop the imminent deadly threat posed by Mr. Massey’s actions, which halted his continued ability to accelerate the vehicle and seriously injure or kill the officer being dragged,” the mayor said.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the agency called to investigate the police-involved shooting, seized more than seven pounds of marijuana from the trunk of the vehicle. The driver was charged with trafficking marijuana.
Eufaula mayor, Jack Tibbs explained Wednesday what happened between the initial stop and the fatal shots being fired.
Witnesses originally said the driver was out of the vehicle at this time and being detained in handcuffs. Mayor Tibbs said that man was charged with marijuana trafficking because police found seven pounds in his trunk.
In a written statement, Mayor Tibbs said, “During the encounter, Mr. Massey caused the vehicle he was in to accelerate away, dragging one of the officers…The officers fired upon Mr. Massey to stop the imminent deadly threat posed by Mr. Massey’s actions.
This directly corresponds with what witnesses originally told us about an officer leaning halfway into the driver’s side window as the vehicle was in motion. It also explains why officers felt Massey was endangering one of their lives even though Massey’s family has been insistent that he didn’t have possession of a gun at the time.