Harrison and Deputy Chance Oxner told investigators they saw Kayla Barrett, a woman whom they planned to arrest later that day on drug charges, get into Ayers’ car and they saw him give her money, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. They thought he may have been her drug source and moved in. Ayers’ car hit Oxner as he tried to leave the scene. Harrison fired two shots, one of which hit Ayers.
Abigail Ayers’ attorneys told the jury her husband did not know the plain-clothes men who rushed to his vehicle were officers, and he was afraid he was being robbed, Channel 2 reported.
Harrison’s attorneys said the officers identified themselves as police, and Ayers’ vehicle was being used as a deadly weapon.
In December 2009, a grand jury decided the shooting was justified.
The civil trial will continue Tuesday.
—Staff writer Rhonda Cook contributed to this report.