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The Decatur Police Department has completed its internal investigation into the shooting death of Stephen Perkins. Perkins was killed over a month ago by a Decatur police officer in the driveway of his home. According to police, officers were at Perkins’ home to assist with a vehicle repossession.

The internal investigation focused on whether department policy was violated, while the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency conducts a separate investigation into the incident. Police Chief Todd Pena Calais stated that he will soon hold a hearing to review the internal investigation report and its findings.

If department policy was violated and discipline is warranted, the case would be presented to the Office of the Mayor for a termination hearing. The mayor would then decide the appropriate discipline and when to release that information to the public.

Any decision by the mayor can be appealed to the Personnel Board. Stephen Perkins, 39, was killed by police on September 29th after an incident involving a vehicle repossession.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Perkins brandished a weapon at an officer, who then shot at him. Perkins was taken to a nearby medical facility where he later died under the Decatur Police Department policy.

An officer involved.

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