Neighbors React: Mtgy. Firefighter Fatally Shot by Elmore Co. Deputies

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By Jessica Gertler

Neighbors are speaking out about the incident. Alabama News Network spoke with those who witnessed the scene, and are now offering their prayers to the family.

Those we spoke with who live on Hogan Road near the scene tell us Jeremy Acre was quiet and his family kept to themselves, so they say it came as a shock to hear what happened last night.

"I was sitting at my computer looking out of my front window, and I saw deputy sheriff's car come by here with lights on going about 85 to 90 miles an hour," says Teresa Walker. "I was scared he wasn't going to make it around the curb."

Walker lives a few doors down from Jeremy Acre, a Montgomery Fire fighter who was shot and killed inside his home by Elmore County Deputies who were responding to a domestic violence call.

Walker says the family was fairly new to the neighborhood, and she didn't know them that well, but she and her brother, Grady Hutcheson, say deputies shouldn't have used excessive force.

"For a man that stands up and helps people and then goes down for nothing," Hutcheson says. "Let them know our prayers are with the family. We don't know what happened or why it happened, but our prayers are with them."

"That's something you don't think of ever happening in your own neighborhood," says Walker.

Neighbors we spoke with say Acre's wife and children were home at the time. They believe Acre's wife is a teacher.

We have been told that Acre has been with Montgomery Fire Department for several years. We put in a call to the department, but they cannot comment at this time.
 

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reh said on Wednesday, Mar 27 at 11:02 AM

Please, for the love of God, if you weren't there, SHUT UP. You have no idea what happened, only what's been printed and that's only what the media wants you to believe.

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Unbelievable on every account said on Wednesday, Mar 27 at 10:57 AM

Since when is is a crime for a citizen to be armed in his own home? Since when is it okay for a 3rd party to stick their nose where it doesn't belong and call the police? Since when is it okay for police not to do everything possible to SAVE a life? They failed. Miserably. And the person who called murdered this man.

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Think about it said on Sunday, Mar 24 at 8:10 AM

From what an article about the shooting states, this man was holding a weapon. The officers were responding to a domestic violence call. The officers told the man to put down his weapon; he refused. He gets shocked with a taser and still will not release the weapon. Only after following their training and protocol the decision was made to fire a weapon. Mr Acre made a CHOICE to not put the gun down. The police did their job.

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Allen said on Saturday, Mar 23 at 9:28 PM

Was

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Allen said on Saturday, Mar 23 at 9:26 PM

Don't point a gun at the elco law. They have family too.! The one that could have stoped this is Agie.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Mar 23 at 4:12 PM

JEREMY THANK YOU FOR THE SERVICE YOU PROVIDED FOR MFD AND THE RESIDENTS OF MONTGOMERY. I KNOW THAT OUTSIDERS LOOKING END ONLY SEE WHAT THE NEWS ALLOWS, JUST KNOW THAT OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY, AND WE ARE PRAYING NOW FOR PEACE.

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MFD said on Friday, Mar 22 at 7:15 PM

The whole story will be out soon aah!

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aah said on Friday, Mar 22 at 5:09 PM

THE POLICE WERE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC.A DOMESTIC INVOLVING A WEAPON.MR.ACRE WAS HOLDING A PISTOL NOT A BIBLE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.THE POLICE WERE PROTECTING THEMSELVES.I AM SORRY THE MAN HAS A FAMILY.WE ALL DO.BUT HE MADE THE CHOICE TO PULL A WEAPON NOT THE POLICE.IN A NUTSHELL....DONT PULL A GUN ON THE POLICE.WE ARE NOT YOUR TARGET,WE ARE NOT ROBOTS,WE ARE HUMAN TO.

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Perspectives said on Friday, Mar 22 at 9:39 AM

This is a tragedy, for the deceased's family and the officers involved. An ending with the subject injured sounds better now, but what would everyone say then.... Why did they shoot? Why did they paralyze him? What if he shot the officer? What would be said then? Not attacking Mr Acre, but he was a firefighter.... He knew how all this stuff works. He knew what would happen if he pointed a weapon at an officer. He knew how the taser worked, knew the next step would be escalated. With all this said, the deputies on scene probably did not know that he knew these things because unless previously met, they would not know he was a firefighter. He was just another armed man they had to subdue.

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Perspectives said on Friday, Mar 22 at 8:51 AM

If an officer of the law is sent to a residence in response to a domestic violence call, he is already on high alert due to the nature of the call. Tensions are high, emotions are high, and that is when most tragedies occur, death or injury. If you are the one who called the law, neighbor, relative, child or roommate, you are scared something bad is going to happen to you because the agitated party or parties are too unreasonable to calm down. Law enforcement is trained in depth on these situations, knowing they have to be ready every time they make contact. An armed subject is always instructed to drop their weapon. If the subject is non compliant, the officer has to take steps to ensure the subject is disarmed. They are doing their job, supporting their family and wanting to make sure they get home to them. If a subject refuses to comply, fights off tasing, gets up and raises a weapon to the officer, wonder what the wife and kids would have dealt with if officers didn't come?

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concerned citizen said on Thursday, Mar 21 at 9:49 PM

It says the fire department wasn't allowed to respond...that's bull!!!! he has been a firefighter for 13 years and one of the best ones that's ever been there!! so they could have Atleast said something good about him...RIP Jeremy..we all love ya brother

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Concerned Citizen said on Thursday, Mar 21 at 5:35 PM

This is a tragedy no matter how you look at it. He has two small children and they are now fatherless, he also has alot more other family members that are completely paralyzed by this loss, how do I know? Because I am one of them. I can not make sense of any of this. You are 100 precent right, they could have fired somewhere so that he didn't have to die? Why? None of this makes no sense. I do know however that the people who know what truly happened will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. If something did go wrong in this situation they should be man enough to come forward and say that they made a mistake. Too many lives are being affected by this, it is a tragedy that we will all live with for the rest of our lives here on this earth.

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Mr Mike said on Thursday, Mar 21 at 1:59 AM

This is a case just like the one from The University of South Alabama. The police/deputies could have shot him in the leg or arm instead of a fatal chest shot. Now his children are without a father

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