Alto officer involved in fatal shooting will not face charges

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 5:53pm

An officer who was involved in a shooting in Alto in January will not be charged by authorities after his case received a "no bill" from a Cherokee County grand jury

According to the the Alto Police Department, the jury came back with a no bill and found Officer Brandon Smith did not break any laws.

Smith is not back on duty yet.

At around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, February 13,  authorities were dispatched the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Alto on Highway 69.

An alleged thief, identified as James Eric Griffin, 48, attempted to rob the Pick N' Go convenience store of cigarettes. The convenience store worker said he called 911 because Griffin had machete.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Griffin allegedly charged an Alto officer in the 200 block of Highway 69 after leaving the store. The officer then shot Griffin as he was being rushed.

Sergeant Troy Ansley of the Alto Police Department stated, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the lost. It is time for our community to pull back together and work with one another."

FOX 51 is awaiting an official statement from Paul Robbins, Smith's attorney.


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