Former HPD officer accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend was fired for ‘no call, no show’ after arrest

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Huntsville Police Department (HPD) officer David McCoy, accused of shooting and killing his pregnant girlfriend, has been fired from the department for failing to report for three shifts without advance notice, according to his personnel file.

McCoy is accused of killing his 7-month-pregnant girlfriend, Courtney Spraggins, at his apartment complex, where he was also a courtesy officer, on January 7. He was off duty at the time of the shooting. Sources say when McCoy called 911, he claimed Spraggins had committed suicide and he didn’t know her.

Investigators found a photo of Spraggins and McCoy inside his car, as well as text messages between the two on his cell phone that provided more details about what led to the incident. McCoy was questioned, arrested, and charged that day with capital murder of a person in a vehicle.

News 19 obtained McCoy’s personnel file from the city of Huntsville, including his notice of termination and performance reviews for the two and a half years he spent at HPD.

McCoy’s employment termination was filed with HPD’s human resources department on January 13, he had been placed on administrative leave following his arrest. Paperwork indicates he did not show up for his scheduled shifts Jan. 10-12, McCoy was arrested for the murder of Spraggins on Jan. 7 and in Madison County Jail during those shifts.

The official reason for McCoy’s termination was Section 12.1(B) of the City of Huntsville Personnel Policies and Procedures, “Unauthorized or unreported absence from work for a period of three consecutive working days…..may be considered by the head of department as a resignation without notice.”

McCoy’s performance reviews showed that he was rated “effective” by his supervisors in almost all rating categories, work habits, adaptability, quality of work and quantity of work.

In its last review, it was marked as “outstanding” in the personal relationship category. Who declares that he “behaves exceptionally well with his colleagues, the public and the supervisors”.

There has been little movement in McCoy’s case since he was committed to a Madison County grand jury on Jan. 28. His next court appearance has not yet been scheduled. He remains in jail without bail.