Despite the seriousness of the shooting situation, Smith came highly recommended by his Alto colleagues when attempting to join another police force, according to reports.
Kirby's chief of police could not immediately be located to comment about the hire Friday. Likewise, a contact number for Officer Smith was not immediately available.
Additionally, Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson also could not immediately be reached Friday to indicate if Smith's departure had done anything to assuage the anger in the African American community.
The shooting happened during a rough period for the city. The Alto police force had only been reinstated about 13 months before the shooting after having been sent on a six-month furlough, then fired and replaced in 2011.