Dublin, Georgia resident David Hooks was shot and killed on Sept. 24 during what is described by his family’s attorney as an illegal drug raid by Laurens County deputies. Attorney Mitchell Shook is now asking the FBI to investigate Hooks’ death.
Shook said that Hooks sustained four gunshot wounds from the 17 shots fired into his home by police, two of which were shot when he was lying face down on the ground. “One was to the side of the head, the other was in his back, the back of his left shoulder. Based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots,” Shook told 13 WMAZ. Proof of the wounds were found in EMS reports and hospital reports, though Shook says they have not yet received an autopsy.
Police had been looking for drugs in Hooks’ home at the time of the shooting, but ultimately didn’t find any. Teresa Hooks, David’s wife, recalled the tragic incident to 13 WMAZ.
“Between 10:30 and 11, I turned the light off upstairs. I heard a car coming up the driveway really fast, and I looked up the upstairs window. I saw a black vehicle with no lights. I saw 6 to 8 men coming around the side of my house, and I panicked. I came running downstairs, yelling for David to wake up. He was in the bedroom asleep, had been for about an hour and a half. When I got downstairs to the bottom of the stairs, he opened the door and he had a gun in his hand, and he said, 'Who is it,' and I said I didn't know.
He stepped back into the bedroom like he was going to grab his pants, but before he could do that, the door was busted down. He came around me, in the hall, into the den, and I was gonna come behind him, but before I could step into the den the shots were fired, and it was over."
Authorities claimed in September that Hooks had “responded to the search by getting a weapon before he was shot,” though it was discovered that Hooks’ shotgun was empty.
“We hope that the district attorney will take all of this into consideration and take this case before the grand jury and do it in a matter where the grand jury hears everything, not just the officer side of the story,” Shook said.
The local community has responded to Hooks’ killing by holding rallies and protests demanding justice.
“Our community has supported us for the most part and we really appreciate that,” Teresa Hooks said. “I think there's been a misconception of us being anti law enforcement, that's not true. We realize there has to be law enforcement and we respect law enforcement but this was wrong."