Opp officer remains on leave

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, April 2, 2013

åThe officer involved in the two-county police chase and officer-related shooting in Opp remains on administrative leave.

Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald said Monday the action is “standard operating procedure anytime something like this happens.”

The chase began in Brantley on March 19 when a trooper attempted to stop a white Toyota Camry, driven by 32-year-old Courtney Keon Jones, for speeding. Opp officers joined in the pursuit when it reached their jurisdiction and were able to stop the pursuit by using spike strips. It was also determined that an Opp officer, who was not named, fired a shotgun upon the vehicle’s tire, striking Jones in the process.

“I can say he’s on leave, but that may change soon,” McDonald said.

Jones is charged with first-degree possession of stolen property and attempting to elude.

ABI, the investigative division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, is conducting an investigation at McDonald’s request. Those findings will then be turned over to the district attorney for review.