Arkansas Deputy Fired for Having Body Camera Off After 17-Year-Old Boy is Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

Hunter Brittain

A memorial service was held Tuesday for Hunter Brittain — one week after the officer who fatally shot the Arkansas teen was fired from his post for failing to activate his body-worn camera, PEOPLE confirms.

The Arkansas State Police continues to lead the investigation into the June 23 fatal shooting, which took place during a traffic stop in Cabot, according to a statement.

Brittain, 17, was unarmed when a deputy with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office shot him outside an auto repair shop at about 3 a.m.

The teen had stopped his truck along the side of the highway, and was carrying a jug of anti-freeze when Sgt. Michael Davis allegedly opened fire.

“The circumstances of the traffic stop and what may have led up to the deputy firing his gun at Brittain will be documented in the investigation,” reads the statement from state authorities. “The investigative file upon completion will be turned over to the Lonoke County prosecuting attorney to decide whether facts and evidence in the case are consistent or not with Arkansas laws related to the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.”

Davis lost his job last week, after it was determined he violated department policy during the encounter with Brittain.

Davis did not turn on his body cam as he approached the teen. It was only activated after Brittain was shot.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Chris Harris

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