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3 of 4 suspects in Millbrook officer-involved shooting case appear in court

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L to R: Hardy, Jackson, Washington (Source: Elmore County Jail) L to R: Hardy, Jackson, Washington (Source: Elmore County Jail)
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Three of the four suspects arrested and charged in connection to a fatal officer-involved shooting in February were in court on Thursday. The fourth suspect, a 15-year-old who will be tried as a juvenile is not present. A fifth suspect involved in the crime, identified as A'donte Washington was shot and killed by police at the scene. 

Jhavarske Jackson, 18, and Le'Anthony Washington, 17, are charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of burglary and theft. Jaderrion Hardy, 18, is facing the same charges with the exception of the attempted murder charges. 

Testimony revealed that the suspects had a well orchestrated plan; Hardy was waiting for his signal to back the stolen car into the garage to load the stolen items, but police foiled the plot. 

Jackson was recently charged by the Montgomery Police Department as a suspect in two Montgomery homicides that occurred in Dec., 2014 and Feb., 2015. 

The Millbrook Police Department were involved in a shootout with the five suspects at a house burglary in February. 

Washington was fatally shot by a Millbrook police officer after allegedly firing the first shot, according to court documents.

Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson said police received a report of a possible house burglary on Clearview Lane in the Silver Pointe neighborhood just before noon on February 23. Responding officers were advised that a suspicious vehicle pulled into the driveway of a residence and that several male subjects went into the backyard, behind the residence.

When officers arrived, they spotted the vehicle outside the residence and took one person into custody after the subject appeared nervous and could not tell officers the name of the homeowner. 

The officers then set up a perimeter around the residence and waited for assisting officers to arrive at the location. During that time, there was movement at the front door of the residence and an officers confronted an individual at the door. The individual retreated into the home, at which time several shots were fired at the officer, according to Johnson.

Four individuals fled the residence into the backyard, during which time additional shots were fired at the police officers. The officers proceeded to return fire at the four subjects. Three of the subjects jumped the back fence and fled the area on foot.

A lone suspect, identified as Washington, exited the backyard through a fence towards the front of the residence. As he exited the fence, he brandished a firearm and encountered an officer. 

According to Johnson, the officer felt he was in eminent danger and fired his weapon at the subject, striking him twice. Officers then called for assistance and attempted to render first aid to the subject, but Washington was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The other suspects fled the scene on foot. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Elmore County Sheriff's Office and a K-9 unit joined the search for the suspects.

One suspect was taken into custody without incident just north of the neighborhood. About 45 minutes later, two other suspects were taken into custody behind a business in Elmore. Both subjects were in possession of handguns and were taken into custody without incident.

Johnson said the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure.

Hardy, Jackson and Washington are being charged as adults. There were transported to the Elmore County Jail. The juvenile was transported to the Montgomery County Youth Detention Facility and has a hearing in Elmore County Juvenile Court. 

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