BIRMINGHAM, AL – According to reports, four Birmingham Police officers were non-fatally shot while executing a search warrant relating to a double homicide suspect on May 16th.
Officials say that the suspect who opened fire on officers was killed during the shootout.
BREAKING: The Birmingham Police Department says that the suspect is dead. They also say that none of the officers involved have life-threatening injuries.
— CBS 42 (@CBS_42) May 16, 2021
According to officials, the Birmingham Police Department had received a call at approximately 6:30 a.m. on May 16th regarding two gunshot wound victims at Brother Bryan Park located off of Magnolia Avenue South.
When first responders arrived on the scene, they had located a male and a female gunshot wound victim.
Reportedly the male was pronounced dead on the scene while the female was later pronounced deceased after arriving at an area hospital, according to BPD Sergeant Rod Mauldin, who said:
“When officers arrived, they discovered a female lying in the middle of the roadway. She was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced deceased.”
Investigators have reason to believe that the shooting incident that occurred at the park may have been some sort of an altercation that started over a dog, but officials say that the circumstances surrounding this altercation are still unclear as of this time.
The BPD sergeant said that after investigating the incident, officers had executed a search warrant at a residence not far from UAB Hospital for a male suspect believed to have been involved in the Brother Bryan Park shooting.
Upon executing the search warrant, the unnamed suspect had opened fire on BPD officers, directly striking two of the officers while two other officers suffered graze wounds.
Police officials say that all four officers were taken to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries which were described as non-life threatening.
During the shootout that transpired at the residence where the search warrant was served, the suspect, who has not been named as of this time, was killed.
Both the double homicide and the shootout between the suspect and officers are still under investigation.
Birmingham City Council President William Parker issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“We are calling on all our residents to take a stand against these hostile acts. This senseless violence must stop. We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and we are wishing all of the officers involved a speedy recovery.”
Public Safety Chairman Hunter Williams also commented on the matter, saying:
“The events that unfolded today exemplify the risks that the men and women of the Birmingham Police Department assume each day.
“Now more than ever, we need to rally around our department and officers, who are putting their lives on the line in what is often a thankless job to protect the citizens of Birmingham.
“I am extremely grateful that the officers will survive their injuries, and hope that the community will continue to support them — and all our officers.”
The officers injured during the incident have not been identified by officials as of this time.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further updates to this developing investigation.
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In Chicago, two officers were shot as well on May 16th.
Law Enforcement Today reported on the incident as the news was breaking.
Here’s that previous report.
CHICAGO, IL – Two Chicago Police officers were reportedly shot during the morning of May 16th, with one officer in critical but stable condition and the other officer listed as being in good condition.
While limited details have been revealed regarding the incident, here are the details known so far.
A gunman in an alley opened fire and wounded two Chicago police officers Sunday morning before being shot himself. https://t.co/b2ZsTurUx4
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 16, 2021
Police officials say that the shooting incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on May 16th along the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue. Superintendent David Brown stated during a press briefing that the officers were responding to a ShotSpotter alert within the area.
According to Superintendent Brown, the two officers had observed a male subject down a nearby vacant alley. When the officers attempted to approach the male subject, authorities say that the subject immediately turned around and opened fire on the officers.
One officer was struck in the hand, while the second officer was shot in both the leg and in the shoulder.
Both officers are being treated at an area hospital and are stable, with Superintendent Brown stating that both of the officers are “recovering.”
The alleged gunman was hit with return fire, with Superintendent Brown saying he was “struck in the lower extremities.” Superintendent Brown noted that the suspect was not fatally struck and is currently at an area hospital in “good condition.”
During the press conference regarding the incident, Superintendent Brown spoke about the current numbers pertaining to officers coming under fire or being shot:
“This is the 29th officer in 2021 with the Chicago Police Department shot at or shot. The fifth and sixth officers shot in 2021. This totals for the last 15 months a 108 shot at or shot. Sixteen shot in the last 15 months.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot also addressed the incident, saying the following:
“A couple more points to add the superintendent’s remarks – both of our officers were in uniform. They were not in plain clothes, so they were readily identifiable as police officers when they were fired upon. Thankfully, none of the injuries are life-threatening.”
“But it just underscores the danger the men and women in the police department face every single day. They run to danger to protect us, and we can’t ever forget that.”
Authorities have not identified the suspect by name as of this writing, nor have the identities of the officers been revealed.
This is a ongoing investigation.
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