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Update: Family of Seymour Johnson airman wants answers after Opelika officer-involved shooting

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OPELIKA, Ala. - An Alabama police department gives their side of what happened after an officer shot an airman from the east.

20-year-old Michael Davidson was shot by an Opelika police officer after getting out of his car last week on I85.
He was on his way back to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base from Texas when it happened.
Opelika Police Chief John McEachern says Officer Philip Hancock used appropriate force in the shooting.
Mceachern says Hancock was responding to reports about reckless driving on I85.
The chief says Airman Davidson was pulled over on the side of the road when Hancock pulled up.
McEachern says both men got out of their cars at the same time.
Hancock ordered Airman Davidson to put his hands up.
Chief McEachern says Officer Hancock perceived a threat and fired two shots.

"We have experienced a tragic incident, which has affected numerous people,” said Chief John McEachern. “We can only hope and pray that we never have to experience such again"

Davidson is recovering at the East Alabama Medical Center with injuries to the stomach and colon.
The police chief says investigators did not find a weapon on Davidson or in his car.
 The Alababa Bureau of Investigations is investigating the case.

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The father of an airman shot by an Opelika police officer says his son suffered serious injuries to his stomach and colon and may never fully recover from his injuries.

Billy Davidson said his son, 20-year-old Michael Darrett Davidson of Beckville, Texas, was driving on Interstate 85 on his way to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base near Goldsboro, N.C., when the shooting happened shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, Davidson tells 9 On Your Side's sister station, WRBL News 3.

Michael is in good condition, recovering at the East Alabama Medical Center. Outside the hospital on Tuesday, Billy told News 3 how his son says it happened.Billy says Michael tells him he got out of his vehicle to check on the truck driver whose vehicle he had just side swiped. When police arrived at the scene, Billy said Michael put his hands up and was only holding his wallet.

“He just raised his hands up to turn around and he was saying at that time 'I’m a United States Airman' and he said that's as far as he got. As he was turning around, he was shot,” says Davidson.

Billy and his wife made the 14-hour trip to Opelika on Saturday. Two days after they arrived, Billy says his youngest of five children was moved out of the ICU.

“For us we're just glad he's alive,” says Davidson. “The Lord brought him through that and we just thank the Lord that he's here.

Billy says Michael’s life was all about the Air Force. Now, he's not sure if he'll be able to make a complete recovery after suffering injuries to his stomach and colon.

“He was a kid on the top of his world, going to his camp, his base and he had everything going for him, just a few days before. And then something like this happens, it really hurts you, it really does, it tears your heart out,” says Davidson.

Even with a heavy-heart, he says he has a forgiving message for the officer-involved in the shooting.

“Our prayers go out to you and your family,” says Davidson. “Because I know you must be going through a hard time too.”

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting that involved Opelika Officer Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with the department. Hancock, who wasn't injured, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

We've also been trying to get some answers to what happened but the Opelika Police Department has been deferring questions to the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, who's in charge of the case, The ABI has not released any details due to it being an ongoing investigation.The officer involved in the shooting was not injured. The Opelika police chief is expected to hold a news conference about the incident later in the week.

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