ALEA investigating Hollywood officer-involved shooting

Samuel Wilson
Samuel Wilson(Wilson Family)
Published: Mar. 5, 2022 at 4:49 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2022 at 10:12 PM CST
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HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WAFF) - Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Hollywood Friday night.

According to Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred on Newman Street. WAFF is told no officers were injured.

According to officials with ALEA, Samuel Yeatts Wilson, 33, was identified as the suspect who was fatally shot by Hollywood Police Department officers.

WAFF spoke with Wilson’s father Jack Wilson and they said Wilson was fired at by officers when he approached them while holding a rifle. According to family members, Wilson was taken to Highlands Medical Center and pronounced dead on Saturday at 4:55 p.m.

“The police came and shot my son and rolled him over. He had a chest wound; they rolled him over on his belly, handcuffed him while he was unconscious, and nobody gave him no kind of aid and kept his girlfriend from helping him,” said Jack Wilson.

His father said there are still many unanswered questions- and he wants justice.

“I would like to see somebody arrested for murdering my son. I would like to see him make a perp walk in the Jackson County jail. To have a happy trigger finger coming into somebody’s neighborhood and shooting them in their own front yard. That’s wrong.”

At this time, Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler will not release the name of the officer who fired the deadly shot.

However, Helper said at the officer is still on the force.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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