Troy University student identified, details released in fatal shooting

Published 4:10 pm Friday, October 14, 2016

A Troy University student was shot and killed in an early morning incident on Friday.

The victim was identified as Michael Derek Kennedy, 20, of Niceville, Fla.

The incident took place about 3:26 a.m. Friday, and when police arrived on the scene they found Kennedy lying in the yard near the front door of a residence in the 300 block of Jane Road.

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“The subsequent investigation revealed that the resident on Jane Road answered an early morning knock at his door to find two suspects outside, one of which was armed with a long gun,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr. “The resident then fired multiple rounds from a handgun toward the armed subject (Kennedy), striking him in the chest.”

Kennedy was deceased when officers arrived at the scene.

Barr said no one else was injured and no charges have been filed at this time. Jon Folmar at the Pike County District Attorney’s office said that it would be investigated like any other shooting. The results of the investigation will then be presented to a grand jury for its decision on whether to bring charges.

This case is still under investigation by the Troy Police Department with assistance from the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, the Pike County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.

Officials with Troy University released a statement earlier on Friday saying the university “is providing counseling and other support to students, and our thoughts and prayers are with all during this time.”