Shooting victim's family calls for change

"I don't know what caused the officer to feel threatened enough to shoot my fiancee in the face with a shotgun of all things," said Louthan.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018 3:38 PM
Updated: Aug. 5, 2018 3:49 PM

The Fiancée of the man shot, and killed by Huntsville Police in early April said, the policies of the department need to change.

Parker's family attorney released a statement Friday, after the officer, William Darby was charged with his death that said, "We want to thank law enforcement, and the District Attorneys Office for their swift action in this case. The Parker family was surprised but absolutely pleased that the grand jury issued an indictment. This incident centers on the growing concern about the mistreatment of the mentally ill. We have to put more resources into training people within all professions, especially in the public sector, on how to deal with the mentally ill. “


Victim killed by Huntsville Police Officer's bullet

Victim killed by Huntsville Police Officer's bullet and his Fiancee

According to police, Jeffery Parker, 49, called 911 saying he was having suicidal thoughts.

The shooting happened right inside the dining room of a house on Deramus Avenue on April 3rd.

Parker's fiancée Michele Louthan, has multiple sclerosis and was resting in a nearby bedroom when police arrived.

"Then there was a stampede and voices. You couldn't distinguish any words. It was just chaos. Multiple voices yelling and then a pow and this all happened within a matter of seconds," said Louthan.

"I don't know what caused the officer to feel threatened enough to shoot my fiancee in the face with a shotgun of all things," said Louthan.

Louthan said, she never saw Parker depressed, or suicidal, in the year they were together.

She said, a week before his death Parker was posting on social media pictures of their future wedding rings.

"Protocol, procedures, guidelines, rules, regulations, and training need to change," said Louthan.

Louthan would like to see police go through more extensive training for how to deal with people who are going through a mental breakdown, or are mentally ill.

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