Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Turned Over To Prosecuting Attorney

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Willie Tillman. COURTESY: Washington County Sheriff's Olffice

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office turned over the findings of its investigation into an officer-involved shooting involving a Fayetteville officer to the Washington County Prosecuting Attorneys Office Friday (May 27).

The shooting took place April 23 when Fayetteville police stopped Willie Tillman, 33, of Marianna for driving without headlights around 2:25 a.m., according to police.

Tillman stepped outĀ of the vehicle, but dove back insideĀ the car and attempted to flee from police. A struggle ensued between the officers and Tillman, who was able to drive the vehicle while the officers were partially inside.

Police said Corporal Patrick Hanby and Officer Brandon Jones attempted to deploy their tasers, but where unsuccessful. Hanby was able to get out of vehicle, but Jones was still inside while Tillman continued driving. Jones shot Tillman in the chest, abdomen and leg and was eventually able to get the vehicle to stop.

Tillman died May 9 from his injuries.

An internal investigation conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department found the officers followed protocol during the incident. The investigation also found Jones’ actions were justified.

Investigators used officer statements, audio and video recordings from both officers, physical evidence and independent third party videos while conducting the investigation.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident at the request of Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor.

Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett said he will review the sheriff’s office investigation to determine whether criminal charges are warranted in the incident.

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