COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's been 12 years since a Columbus man was shot and killed by Muscogee County Sheriff's Deputies in a case of mistaken identity.
On Dec. 10, 2003, a stretch of Interstate 185 was a crime scene. The night the shooting happened, Kenneth Walker was pulled over on the interstate by the Muscogee County Tactical Special Response team.
He was shot by now-former Deputy David Glisson at close range with a sub-machine gun during a drug investigation. Authorities said an informant told them Walker was armed and dangerous. But Walker was actually unarmed and no drugs were found in his vehicle.
The investigation revealed officers had pulled over the wrong car and Walker was an innocent man.
Glisson was later fired but never indicted for the shooting, and a grand jury chose not to indict Glisson. The City of Columbus eventually settled with the family for half a million dollars.
The case gained the attention of national civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.