MPD says imam shooting 'misunderstanding'

Published: May. 12, 2009 at 8:04 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery police officer shot and wounded the leader of a mosque who says he expects an apology and a review of police procedures after the incident.

William Abdullah, the imam of the Masjid Qasim Bilal El-Amin mosque in Montgomery, was shot in the shoulder Saturday night.

The shooting apparently happened because both the officer and Abdullah thought the other was an intruder at the mosque, Montgomery Police Maj. Huey Thornton said, calling it a "misunderstanding."

Abdullah said Tuesday he only saw the beam of a flashlight from his truck about 10 p.m. and thought he was about to be robbed when he heard a man say, "Put up your hands."

Thornton said Abdullah's vehicle accelerated toward the officer, who felt his life was in danger and fired his gun.

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