815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Mark Hudson
Interim Chief of Police
(256) 427-7001
Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043


Police Charge Subject in Police Shooting


Huntsville, Alabama (November 16, 2010) The Huntsville Police Department has identified the offender in the Officer involved shooting yesterday, November 15, 2010, as 49 year old white male, Darrell Doak Callahan of Huntsville.  This incident began in Morgan County when Callahan robbed a pharmacy in Morgan City.  Huntsville Police attempted to stop his vehicle on Memorial Parkway near Whitesburg Drive.  Callahan refused to stop and Officers initiated a pursuit.  Callahan’s vehicle struck another motorist at Airport and Memorial Parkway during the pursuit.  The offender exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene on foot. Officers followed and repeatedly ordered the subject to stop and show his hands.  The subject refused to comply, produced a hand gun and turned towards the Officers with the weapon in his hand.  The subject was then shot by a Huntsville Police Officer.  The offender was transported to the Huntsville Hospital by HEMSI where his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. He was admitted for treatment and is being detained there by Huntsville Police.  Huntsville Police are in the process of obtaining warrants for the arrest of Mr. Callahan. Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has identified Callahan as the offender in their pharmacy robbery and is obtaining a warrant for that incident. The warrants will be served upon his release.


This incident is being investigated by the Department’s Major Crime Unit and the Internal Affairs Division. When the investigation is concluded, an incident Review Board will convene to review the facts and determine if the Officer’s actions were within departmental policy.  The Review Board will be comprised of a Huntsville Police Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant.  In addition, The Madison County District Attorney’s Office, The City Attorney’s Office and the Huntsville Police Academy will have representatives present at the Review Board.  The Officer involved has been placed in an administrative status pending the outcome of the Incident Review Board, which is departmental policy for police involved shootings.