City Council Wants Facts About Shooting
All I know about it is what was in the paper Saturday:
Rickey Gross, a 38-year-old father of seven and former U.S. sailor, was shot as many as a dozen times – with the majority of the wounds in his back – Saturday night when police went to question him about the shooting of his girlfriend earlier that day.
Family members said although he’d had a gun and a knife earlier in the day, he was unarmed when he was shot.
“If he’d had a weapon and had stood them off, I could see them shooting him down,” his grandmother said Sunday. “I would rather for him to have killed himself than for the police to come in there and shoot him like they did.” . . .
Equilla Gross said she had her arm around him when police arrived at the home about 7:15 p.m.
“They rushed in and grabbed him out of my arm,” she said. The next few seconds were chaotic, she said. Officers, including Kerzic, were trying to handcuff Rickey Gross’s left wrist. A second later she heard a gunshot.
“I saw one (officer) shoot, and we went to hollering,” she said. “Four officers fired four shots, then a whole crew rushed in.”
Police ushered her and other family members from the house. “We said, `Please don’t kill him; we called you to help him.’
On guy – shot in the back – twelve times – by four officers. The thing speaks for itself. It’s also enough to get at least one councilman’s attention:
The Birmingham City Council demands to know the details of a deadly Saturday evening shooting by police as soon as the investigation is complete, a councilman told city attorneys today. Councilman Roderick Royal said the council would assert its right to know all details of the shooting death of 38-year-old Rickey Gross at the 3900 block of 44th Street North in Inglenook. . . .
Royal, himself a former police officer, said he wanted a quick investigation and would raise the issue again publicly if he didn’t hear from the city’s legal department within two weeks. Following the meeting, Birmingham Police Chief Annetta Nunn said she had no timeline for a final report. “They’ve been investigating since it happened,” she said. “We want a thorough investigation.”
No word on whether Satan is a possible suspect.