Wetumpka Man Shot by Police

An Elmore County family is asking 'why' a father and husband was shot by police. 54-year-old Joseph Jackson was shot over the weekend near downtown Wetumpka.

The shooting happened Saturday night at a home on Government Street. His family says Jackson had gone to visit his girlfriend and someone in the neighborhood called 911, complaining about a man with a gun.

Wetumpka police say when officers arrived, one of them opened fire because Jackson drove towards him in a car.

Jackson was listed in critical condition at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, unable to tell anyone what happened. His family gathered outside the hospital Monday and talked to WSFA 12 News.

"The police shot him down like a dog for no reason," said Jackson's niece, Mary Young.

Young says her uncle did not have a gun and she questions the police department's account of what happened.

"They're trying to pretend like he drove the car towards them. But the car was parked in her drive way," Young said. "We're going to find out what really happened."

Young says she looks forward to the time when Jackson can clear the air himself. She's optimistic about his recovery.

"I think he's gonna pull through," she said. "The family is praying for him and we think he's going to be ok."

As is customary in cases like these, the Wetumpka police department has turned over the case to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, which will determine whether the shooting was justified.

Reporter: Mark Bullock