After spending 24 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Alan Crotzer remains in a Tallahassee Jail tonight without bond on a charge of attempted murder. Crotzer was accused of shooting into a car on Sunday afternoon. Now, as Mike Vasilinda tells us, Crotzer’s family says they are getting rough treatment from authorities.
25-year-old Sharika Harris has been engaged to Alan Crotzer for two years. She agreed to talk with us with her attorney present and only about what happened after Crotzer’s arrest.
“They said, ‘open up, ma’am, I have a search warrant,’” Harris said.
At ten Tuesday night, a full day after fiancée was arrested there was a knock on the door.
“So I opened the door, there were several guns in my face,” Harris said. “Everyone in the home is at gunpoint.”
Her attorney said he wouldn’t let us talk to Sharika about the case because the facts are still vague. He does question the level of police force.
“The threats, all of the drawn guns, the masks,” Attorney Tom Powell said.
Tallahassee Police say the level of force used to execute search warrants is based on the facts of a case.
Crotzer was arrested and charged with shooting into a car eight times, hitting the driver in the hip or leg.
This is where the alleged shooting took place, but questions are being raised about what happened next.
The victim turned left here at the Capitol and traveled three miles to a home near FAMU before reporting the shooting. A right turn would have taken him in the direction of a hospital.
Attorney Powell wonders how the injury was possible.
“I want to know how somebody can be in the driver’s seat, shoot through the passenger’s window of his own car, and get an angle low enough that it hits the thigh or the hip,” Powell said.
Friends of Crotzer continue to say the crime doesn’t make sense, asking why anyone who had already spent more than two decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit would start shooting at someone over a CD.
Crotzer remains behind bars without bail,. He has been confined to a medical unit at the Leon County Jail since his arrest and is being treated for high blood pressure.