BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Latest on the police-officer involved shooting Sunday morning:
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Birmingham Police were able to track a suspect’s cell phone to the Birmingham Ensley neighborhood, Police Chief Patrick Smith said.
Once officers were in the area of the cell phone location, they found one suspect inside of a vehicle. They were able to detain him. The suspect had two cell phones in his possession at the time that he was detained.
Police have taken the cell phones in for evidence.
At this time, one suspect is in custody. Police are gathering more information to make sure they have the correct suspect in custody and to further find out if there is more than one suspect that they should be searching for.
The officer involved in the shooting is still in surgery, police report.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police officers are searching for two suspects, one who shot a police officer three times, police report.
Around 9:20 a.m., police received a call about a robbery near the 5400 block of Georgia Road. Once the officer arrived at the location of the incident, he confronted one of the suspects. That is when a suspect began to fire gunshots at the officer, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said in a brief news conference Sunday morning.
The police officer was shot twice in the stomach area and once in the arm, police say.
Two suspects fled the scene after the shooting and authorities are searching for them at this time. Birmingham police have marked off a perimeter in the area where they believe the suspects may be hiding.
There are multiple units involved in this investigation, including K9 and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Based on what police have gathered, Chief Smith says they believe the officer was able to return fire during the shooting, however it’s unclear if either of the suspects were struck by the gunfire.
Police were able to interview witnesses including the two individuals who were the victims of the robbery that initiated this officer-involved shooting. This remains under investigation.
The police officer injured in this shooting was off-duty working at the Church of the Highlands when he responded to the robbery. He has worked for the Birmingham Police Department since 2005. He was transported to the hospital and was conscious before going into surgery.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.