Neighbors React: Mtgy. Firefighter Fatally Shot by Elmore Co. Deputies


By Jessica Gertler

Neighbors are speaking out about the incident. Alabama News Network spoke with those who witnessed the scene, and are now offering their prayers to the family.

Those we spoke with who live on Hogan Road near the scene tell us Jeremy Acre was quiet and his family kept to themselves, so they say it came as a shock to hear what happened last night.

"I was sitting at my computer looking out of my front window, and I saw deputy sheriff's car come by here with lights on going about 85 to 90 miles an hour," says Teresa Walker. "I was scared he wasn't going to make it around the curb."

Walker lives a few doors down from Jeremy Acre, a Montgomery Fire fighter who was shot and killed inside his home by Elmore County Deputies who were responding to a domestic violence call.

Walker says the family was fairly new to the neighborhood, and she didn't know them that well, but she and her brother, Grady Hutcheson, say deputies shouldn't have used excessive force.

"For a man that stands up and helps people and then goes down for nothing," Hutcheson says. "Let them know our prayers are with the family. We don't know what happened or why it happened, but our prayers are with them."

"That's something you don't think of ever happening in your own neighborhood," says Walker.

Neighbors we spoke with say Acre's wife and children were home at the time. They believe Acre's wife is a teacher.

We have been told that Acre has been with Montgomery Fire Department for several years. We put in a call to the department, but they cannot comment at this time.

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