Opelika Police schedule conference for officer-involved airman shooting

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 12, 2014 

OPELIKA, ALA. — Opelika Police Chief John McEachern III set a press conference for Friday to discuss the recent officer-involved shooting of a 20-year-old airman, according to a news release.

Michael Darrett Davidson of Beckville, Texas, was driving on Interstate 85 toward Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. on March 6. He clipped an 18-wheeler with his GMC Envoy's mirror, according to an Opelika-Auburn News report. After pulling over to check on the driver, he began walking back to his trucks and saw police lights.

While holding a wallet, Davidson raised his hands above his head. At that point, his father told reporters, police shot Davidson, causing serious injuries to his stomach and colon.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is working the case, which involved seven-year veteran Officer Phillip Hancock. Hancock, who was not injured, has been placed on administrative leave, according to earlier releases.

Authorities declined to release further details about Davidson's condition Wednesday afternoon. Friday's press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m.

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