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Steve Perkins Obituary: In loving memory of 39-year-old Steve Perkins fatally shot by Decatur, AL police on Friday

Steve Perkins Obituary: In loving memory of 39-year-old Steve Perkins fatally shot by Decatur, AL police on Friday.

According to Decatur Police, a man was killed in an early-morning officer-involved gunshot on Friday.

Prior to 2:00 a.m. on September 29, a shooting took place on Ryan Drive. An cop from Decatur shot the victim during the incident. The man was rushed to Huntsville Hospital but did not make it; he has since been identified as 39-year-old Stephen Perkins. In the course of the event, no officers were hurt.

After speaking with a tow truck driver who attempted to repossess a vehicle from the Perkins’ residence on Ryan Drive SW, Decatur Police first came on the scene. Police said that after their initial exchange, Perkins pulled a firearm on the tow truck driver, who then ran away.

Officers and the driver of the tow vehicle thereafter proceeded to the house. Armed with a revolver, the homeowner made his way out of the house and made the tow truck driver feel intimidated. After this exchange, according to DPD, Perkins was given the order to put down the weapon, but it was not followed through.

The gun was then allegedly pointed by Perkins at one of the responding cops. According to the police, the officer then struck the individual with his service weapon.

As per Decatur Police Department procedure, the shooting officer will be placed on administrative leave.

The shooting is being looked at by State Bureau of Investigation agents.

Perkins’ family has hired a national civil rights attorney to “ensure that their pursuit of justice is thorough.”

The family of Steve Perkins, a beloved member of our community who tragically lost his life in a police shooting incident on September 29, 2023, in Decatur, Alabama, has announced the retention of national civil rights attorney Lee Merritt. The Perkins family seeks justice and accountability for the untimely death of their loved one, who was shot seven times by Decatur police officers despite never posting a threat to law enforcement. The family firmly believes that the use of excessive force by the Decatur police officers was unwarranted and unjustifiable. They have chose to engage the services of Lee Merritt to ensure that their pursuit of justice is thorough, transparent, and effective.