Inquest Officially Opens In Uni. Of Alabama Shooter Brother’s Death
April 12, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – A new inquest has been opened in the shooting death of the brother of University of Alabama professor and shoot Amy Bishop.
The case had originally been ruled an accident when then 20-year-old Bishop shot her younger brother Seth in the chest in her parent’s kitchen.
But after the professor shocked the nation after a shooting of six fellow staff members after being denied tenure, questions began to arise about the case.
Now, newly discovered police reports are hoped to shed some light on those questions and offer some answers.
According to Bishop at the time of arrest, she had been attempting to unload a 12-gauge shotgun in her parent’s kitchen when she shot her brother in the chest, a story her mother corroborated.
But details of her story, and later witness testimonies, troubled many in the department.
Bishop claims she had been trying to load the gun because she feared robbers, and that she shot a hole into her bedroom wall, a hole that police later found.
She then states that she had gone downstairs to get her brother’s help, tried to unload the shotgun, and it discharged.
She then fled the house in a panic and went to a nearby auto body shop, where she held to employees up at gunpoint in an attempt to get a car, but then ran away and was found two hours later.
After interviewing with police she was let go.
“I was not on duty at the time, but I recall how frustrated the members of the department were over the release of Ms. Bishop,” Braintree Police Lt. Karen MacAleese explained in an interview a few months ago.
“It was a difficult time for the department as there had been three shootings within a short time frame. The release of Ms. Bishop did not sit well with the police officers and I can assure you that this would not happen in this day and age.”
The questions that are raised by her story have brought attention to the department, and left many wondering why a further investigation was not sought.
It has also brought up questions of other incidents in her past, such as a fight with a woman at an IHOP, and suspicion of her and her husband’s possible involvement in the bomb threat of a professor during Bishop’s time at Harvard.