Another officer later caught up to and arrested Scott across the street on Barnett Shoals.
Lamorio Freeman, Scott’s cousin, told Channel 2 the officers should have considered Scott’s state of mind. Freeman said his cousin was intoxicated after having recently left a nightclub.
“I think that officer should have handled it better,” Freeman said. “I don’t think he should have fired, because you could see that he was drunk.”
Chief R. Scott Freeman said his officer did everything by the book.
“I think the officer was placed in a position where he had no other choice but to defend himself and/or face being shot and killed right there in the parking lot,” Freeman said.