Family of man killed in deputy-involved shooting speaks out

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — We are learning more about the Talladega County man killed in a deputy-involved shooting Saturday afternoon.

Family members of the man shot and killed after an altercation with a Talladega County sheriff’s deputy say they are still searching for answers.  Law enforcement officials confirmed the identity of the man as 23-year-old Derek Davis

“It’s hard on me, being honest it makes me want to snap,” said Rodney Davis.

Family members gathered at Woodlawn Avenue and West 8th Street in Sylacauga where the shooting happened on Saturday.

Patricia Davis says the man is her son. “Every time I call to find out anything, they told me they didn’t have nobody to talk to me,” she said.

The family says they want to know what happened in the moments before the deputy drew his weapon. They say they’re still dealing with the shock.

“He was really trying to get his life straight and show them that he could. He was really trying to get it straight,” said Melanie Elliott.

The Talladega County Sheriff’s Office has handed the case over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

Monday, ALEA sent out a media release about the shooting.

They say Derek Davis was listed as an escapee when he was killed in the deputy-involved shooting Saturday.

According to ALEA, he was serving a three year sentence for a 2015 drug possession conviction when he left a transitional facility in Birmingham without approval on July 17.

At the time of his escape, ALEA said, David was assigned to the DOC’s Supervised Re-entry Program.

The release says he was sentenced in January 2015 as a youthful offender, and was assigned to the SRP and serving his sentence in the transitional facility as an alternative to prison.

According to the release, “The SRP is a structured re-entry program that allows qualified inmates to serve their sentence in a community-based transitional facility, or residential housing with approved supervision.  Transitional facilities offer inmates rehabilitative services, substance abuse treatment, employment and education assistance to help them transition back into society.”

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