Witness to officer-involved shooting: "I hate that it happened; - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Witness to officer-involved shooting: "I hate that it happened; It's a life"

Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC
Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC Source: Lydia Hu/WBRC
ASHVILLE, AL (WBRC) -

Dennis Buckner operates Buck Automotive which is next to the location of Sunday’s officer-involved shooting in Ashville. Buckner says he saw the shooting and knew the victim, Nathan Grissom.

Grissom was shot and killed as police responded to a domestic dispute call around 4:30 p.m. Police say Grissom took out a gun as officers approached him. Shots were fired, killing Grissom.

Buckner says he was working on a car in the auto body shop’s back yard. He said when he looked up from the car, he saw three officers about 60 yards away surrounding Grissom in a semi-circle.

“I was putting a battery in my car here and I heard a commotion. The officers had their guns drawn and was shot at from 10 feet away, anywhere from 4 to 6 times. I don’t know how many times he was hit. I don’t know if he had a weapon,” Buckner said.

Grissom worked next door as a plumber. Buckner says Grissom fixed the pipes at the auto body shop on one occasion.

As a twenty-year resident of Ashville, Buckner says he is concerned for his neighbors. 

“It’s a good community, it’s laid back, we have trouble sometimes, but in the history since I’ve been down here, there ain’t been anybody shot and killed. Not by the police,” said Buckner.


The matter has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigations. Ashville Police Chief Dennis Matthews said the police department cannot comment on the shooting at this time.

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