HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville Police Department announced on Wednesday that the officers involved in last month's fatal shooting have been cleared by an incident review board.
Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray said the officers acted within the laws of the state and department policy. They have been returned to duty.
The incident review board consisted of representatives from the district attorney's office, city legal department, members of the Citizens Police Advisory Council, and Huntsville Police Department personnel.
Police shot and killed 31-year-old Haraesheo Rice on Sept. 20 after responding to a home invasion on Green Meadow Road shortly before 10 p.m. Police said Rice pointed a gun at the officers, who then shot him.
Police said Rice committed several crimes before being shot, including assault, attempted home invasion, burglary and capital murder. The review board also looked at all of the 911 calls that came in the night of the incident.
McMurray said before Rice was shot, evidence showed he broke into a home on Green Meadow Road and shot two people. One of them, Keith Ricks, was found dead outside the home. The other escaped and was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said the officers arrived to find Rice standing over Ricks' body while holding a handgun. Police said he pointed the gun at the officers and refused to comply with their commands to drop it.
Police said Rice had more than 200 documented incident with the Huntsville Police Department prior to Sept. 20.
At the time of the shooting, Rice, who reportedly suffered from mental illness, was suing the sheriff's office over an alleged jail beating in 2015.
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