By JB Clark
VERONA – An Aberdeen man was fatally shot by a Verona police officer following a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.
Verona police responded to a disturbance call on Mattox Road near the Verona City Park around 1 p.m., according to Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.
“It is our understanding one of the witnesses (of the disturbance) pointed these two out as responsible for the altercation,” said Johnson. “That’s when one of the officers made this traffic stop. There were two individuals in the car. Both of them had some type of encounter with a police officer, and the officer fired, hitting one suspect one time. It was a fatal shot.”
According to Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green, fatally shot in the incident was Henry Montgomery, 31.
Since the Verona Police Department was involved in the shooting, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation. Johnson said his deputies arrived on the scene around 1:30 p.m., shortly after the shooting.
One of the officers shot and killed Montgomery, while the other suspect was detained and taken to Lee County Jail. Montgomery had one visible bullet wound, according to Johnson.
The name of the man in custody has not been released.
Johnson said they would not release the names of the two Verona officers at this point in the investigation.
The Verona Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to place two officers on administrative leave with pay until the shooting investigation is resolved. Their names were not released by the board either.
Johnson said it is clear two civilians and two Verona police officers were involved.
He also confirmed the suspects appear to have exited the vehicle during the traffic stop since the vehicle and Montgomery were on separate sides of Mattox Road.
Many neighbors looked on from the park, but all who were asked said they arrived after the shooting to see what happened.
Generally, when one law enforcement agency is involved in a shooting, another agency will investigate the incident to offer accountability.
Johnson said no one else was injured.