Alvin Holmes

Fatal police shooting opens old wounds in Montgomery, Ala.

Growing up in Montgomery, Ala., Gregory Gunn was raised with a healthy respect for law enforcement. His father was one of the first black men to be sworn into the city's police force.

All of which makes his death — fatally shot by a white police officer as he walked to his mother's home on a recent morning — that much harder for those who knew him to accept.

His family and former neighbors in Mobile Heights, a tightknit African American neighborhood in Montgomery, said they were struggling to make sense of his death, and the case is being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

On Monday, state Rep. Alvin Holmes, whose district is in Montgomery,...

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