GBI finishes investigation in wrong address police shooting

AUDIO: Henry County 911 call

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into the shooting of a Stockbridge man who was killed by police when they were dispatched to the wrong house.

William Powell, 63, was shot in the neck by Henry County Police officer Patrick Snook at 1:30 a.m. on June 8, 2016. Officers were responding to a 911 call reporting gunshots at a nearby home. Instead, officers went to Powell’s home.

According to police, Powell came out of his home with a weapon and did not abide by police orders to put his gun down. Officer Snook shot Powell in the neck, and he later died at the hospital.

An attorney representing the victim’s family says both Powell and his wife were asleep when police arrived. They did not know police were in the yard and believed someone was trying to  break into their home. His wife watched as Powell was killed.

"She ran back inside, locked the door, called for help and found out it was the police that were at her house," said Keith Martin, attorney for the Powell family. "She was kept inside for over three hours."

The GBI expects to turn the results of its investigation over to the Henry County District Attorney within the next few weeks. They declined revealing details of the investigation until after review by the D.A.

The Henry County police refused to comment on the GBI investigation.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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