Auburn Police say officers were justified in deadly weekend shooting
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:06:33 GMT —
Auburn Police say the officers involved in a deadly shooting acted properly and did what they had to do given the circumstances.
The shooting happened just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday at a home at 11 Barber Street.
Police say Teresa Harris called 911 saying her estranged husband was trying to break into her apartment through the basement. She had an order of protection against him at the time.
When police arrived on the scene, police say they saw 45-year-old Jeffrey Harris holding a silver object and heard him banging on the door. According to police, he was shouting "I have a gun. I'm going to kill you. I'm going to shoot. You better be ready." That's when an officer tasered Harris, but it did not have an effect on him. Police say Harris then started coming toward them in a threatening manner while holding a meat cleaver.
At that point, an officer shot Harris four times, but he kept coming at the officer. The officer then kicked Harris to the ground and was able to handcuff him. Harris later died on the scene.
Police have not released the officers names. They have been with the department for 14 and 10 years respectively. They have been placed on administrative leave for now.
Police say Jeffrey had a criminal history, having been arrested 15 times in the county for various offenses. He also served time on a felony charge out of state.
The Auburn Police Department has not shot a suspect in more than 25 years. They are still waiting on the medical examiner's report to see if the suspect was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.