Billy says Michael tells him he got out of his vehicle to check on the truck driver whose vehicle he had just side swiped. When police arrived at the scene, Billy said Michael put his hands up and was only holding his wallet.
“He just raised his hands up to turn around and he was saying at that time 'I’m a United States Airman' and he said that's as far as he got. As he was turning around, he was shot,” says Davidson.
Billy and his wife made the 14-hour trip to Opelika on Saturday. Two days after they arrived, Billy says his youngest of five children was moved out of the ICU.
“For us we're just glad he's alive,” says Davidson. “The Lord brought him through that and we just thank the Lord that he's here.
Billy says Michael’s life was all about the Air Force. Now, he's not sure if he'll be able to make a complete recovery after suffering injuries to his stomach and colon.
“He was a kid on the top of his world, going to his camp, his base and he had everything going for him, just a few days before. And then something like this happens, it really hurts you, it really does, it tears your heart out,” says Davidson.
Even with a heavy-heart, he says he has a forgiving message for the officer-involved in the shooting.
“Our prayers go out to you and your family,” says Davidson. “Because I know you must be going through a hard time too.”The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting that involved Opelika Officer Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with the department. Hancock, who wasn't injured, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
The officer involved in the shooting was not injured. The Opelika police chief is expected to hold a news conference about the incident later in the week.
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