Alabama Police Officer Indicted On Murder Charges In Beating And Shooting Death Of Unarmed Black Man

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Officer Aaron Smith, 23, reportedly approached 58-year-old Greg Gunn because he 'looked suspicious.'

An Alabama police officer involved in the brutal beating and subsequent shooting death of a 58-year-old Black man in February has been indicted on murder charges.

Officer Aaron Smith was patrolling a local Montgomery neighborhood when he reportedly encountered Greg Gunn around 3 a.m. and stopped him because he looked "suspicious," according to The Daily Mail. The 23-year-old officer claims Gunn ran and attempted to hit him with an object, which he says led him to use deadly force.

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Gunn was struck with a stun gun three times, beaten with a baton and shot five times by Smith. Smith reportedly fired his weapon a total of seven times. Friends of Gunn said he was walking home from a weekly card game to the residence he shares with his mother when the fatal encounter took place.

In addition to testimony from an investigator who said Smith gave conflicting accounts of what happened on the night of the shooting, the incident was not captured on Smith's dash cam or police body cam. 

Smith was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, after prosecutors initially charged him with murder shortly after the shooting took place.

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