Birmingham Police Officer Killed on Bush Boulevard Saturday NightMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 11 2014 9:36 AM
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A Birmingham police officer was shot to death late Saturday after a dispute outside an Ensley convenience store.
The officer's death launched a massive manhunt in west Birmingham including tracking dogs and a helicopter. A suspect was taken into custody about 2 a.m. after police received a tip on his whereabouts.
Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper, along with Mayor William Bell, said the officer worked in the West Precinct and has served on the force for five-and-a-half years. A high-ranking officer and a chaplain were dispatched to notify the officer's family. His name has not yet been released.
"We did everything we could to save him, but unfortunately he lost his life," Roper said. "We just ask for thoughts and prayers for the officer's family."
The ordeal unfolded just after 10 p.m. at the Bush Quick Mart, also known as Triple T's. Several witnesses spoke to AL.com about what happened, but asked that their names not be used. A store worker said both the suspect and the officer were frequent customers of the store, but there isn't any indication they knew each other.
The suspect, the store worker said, had come into buy something and was sitting outside on a plastic crate when the officer accidentally backed into the suspect's motorcycle, knocking it over. The employee said the officer had been in the store earlier in the day and said he would be back later to buy a cap.
A woman who was just pulling into the convenience store said the suspect got angry with the officer, who wasn't in uniform, about of hitting his motorcycle with his car. The two exchanged words, and the officer began to drive off. The suspect followed him on foot to the end of the parking lot and fired four shots, according to the witness.
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