A Pennsylvania town fired three officers – Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and Brian Devaney – after they were charged in the fatal shooting of 8-year-old Fanta Bility.

The Sharon Hill Borough Council voted 6-1 on Thursday, according to CBS News, in a public meeting that erupted in debate. The officers have yet to comment on the shooting or news that they have been fired. They were each taken into custody on $500,000 bail.

“We trust them to get that decision right and they got it horribly wrong,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer told local reporters about the shooting.

Officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and Brian Devaney were each charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of involuntary manslaughter and 10 counts of reckless endangerment, according to CNN.

The incident occurred back on Aug. 27 at a local high school football game, when witnesses described a fight that they believed could escalate to gunfire. Two teenagers, Angelo “AJ” Ford and Hasein Strand, soon began opening fire during their dispute.

The Sharon Hill officers, who were monitoring the game and helping spectators safely exit, fired at a vehicle and recklessly shot four people, including 8-year-old Fanta Bility. Though the three others recovered, Bility’s injuries were fatal.

8-Year-Old Fanta Bility, killed by return fire from officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and Brian Devaney
8-Year-Old Fanta Bility, killed by return fire from officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and Brian Devaney. Photo Credit: Facebook

According to CNN, shots fired by the three officers also struck a car driven by two girls entering the stadium who had nothing to do with the teenager’s dispute.

After an investigation into the bullet casings around the area, it was determined that the two teenagers were not responsible for any of the victim’s injuries and charges of murder were dropped for both Strand and Ford. However, they both still face aggravated assault.

“While I believe these defendants should be held accountable for starting the series of events that ultimately led to Fanta Bility’s death, developments during the grand jury investigation render it appropriate to withdraw these charges at this time,” DA Stollsteimer stated.

It was later ruled that return fire from officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and Brian Devaney was the sole cause of injury in the fatal shooting, resulting in their updated charges of manslaughter.

“The Bility family thanks District Attorney Stollsteimer and his staff of investigators and prosecutors for following the evidence and the law in bringing forth these charges today,” said Bruce Castor, an attorney for the family of Fanta Bility.

“From the beginning he assured them that he would seek justice for Fanta,” he continued, “and today’s charges indicate that he’s done exactly that. They made the right call.”

The decision to have all three officers fired on Thursday, however, was met with mixed response from the public at the town council meeting. Despite the overwhelming 6-1 vote from the council, some members of the crowd told local reporters that it was “wrong,” and that the three officers should not be “prosecuted like criminals.”

“We don’t want to get to the point where our officers are afraid to stop crime,” another person told CBS News.

Meeting attendee Tom Hendricks also defended the three officers at the meeting. “These officers didn’t come to work that day saying, ‘I’m gonna kill someone,'” Hendricks said. “Their lives will be messed up forever.”

Others felt that the officers should be held accountable for their actions and that Fanta Bility’s family deserved some semblance of justice for the loss of their young daughter.

“If they look at us and they just fire into a crowd, there’s a problem with that, especially if there’s no one firing at them,” another resident said. “We do have good police officers in our borough, but we have to be conscious of what they do in our borough.”