Alabama Police Officer Shot In Sunday Standoff

A police officer in Hoover, Alabama, was shot Sunday morning during an hours-long standoff with a suspect who was subsequently taken into custody. Hoover is a fast-growing suburb of Birmingham.

The situation began on Interstate 459 around 11:25 a.m. when a motorist called 911 to report multiple gunshots had been fired into his vehicle. No one was injured during that initial shooting.

Officers were dispatched to the area and provided a description of the suspect vehicle, which they quickly spotted. As police vehicles attempted to apprehend the suspect vehicle, it took an exit ramp off of the interstate and pulled into The Hills at Hoover, an apartment complex off of Lorna Road in Hoover.

When police approached the suspect vehicle, the driver opened fire on officers. Hoover Police Department Lt. Daniel Lowe told reporters that officers returned fire, although it remained unclear whether the suspect was hit at that time.

Residents at the apartment complex told local reporters they heard eight or nine gunshots during the exchange.

The suspect fled the area of his vehicle and entered an apartment in the complex. Lowe said officers immediately began attempting to negotiate with the shooter in an effort to have him safely surrender.

It is unclear whether the negotiations led to the suspect’s surrender, but he was reportedly taken into police custody at 3:41 p.m. Lowe did confirm that the suspect walked out of the apartment under his own power although he had been shot in one arm. He was being treated at a local hospital on Sunday evening for his injuries, which were said to be non-life-threatening.

The officer who was struck by gunfire during the exchange with the suspect was transported to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital. He was reported to be alert and stable when he was transported from the scene and is expected to fully recover from his injuries. He was released from the hospital by late Sunday.

Friends of the injured officer said he was shot once in his arm and once in his bullet-proof vest.

During the standoff, tactical officers from multiple local agencies in Jefferson and Shelby Counties came to the scene to assist. U.S. Marshals also assisted in the response, and a staging area for the various agencies on site was established at Aldridge Gardens, a neighboring apartment complex.

Officers established a large security perimeter around several apartment buildings, and some residents were evacuated at around 2 p.m.

Residents who were evacuated were ushered to the complex’s leasing office for safety, and all other residents were advised to shelter in place until the suspect was taken into custody.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato issued a press statement indicating he had visited the injured officer and his family at the UAB Hospital. He added: “Today’s shooting is indicative of the challenges that law enforcement officers face daily in our communities and we are all very fortunate that this incident did not have a tragic outcome.”

Authorities have not yet identified the injured officer or the suspect in custody.