Body camera footage from a fatal deputy-involved shooting from last year has finally been released to the public, putting to rest a controversial incident in Thomas County.
The shooting of 37-year-old Herbert GIlbert Jr., set off multiple days of protests in the area after it had taken place, pushing the narrative that Gilbert had been unjustly killed by police.
However, a grand jury ruled the shooting as “justified,” following review of evidence and body camera footage.
Gilbert attempted to evade police when they raided his home by hiding inside in his SUV. When a deputy attempted to stop him from leaving by blocking his path with his truck, Gilbert rammed the lawman, forcing the deputy to counter-ram his truck into Gilbert, pushing him into a nearby yard.
Once again attempting to leave, a deputy fired upon the vehicle, allegedly hitting Gilbert nine times with eight shots. His body was found with marijuana, money and scales inside the vehicle.
According to KPLCTV, the case could go to civil trial.