Lt. Edwards on the “tactical situation”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — CBS42’s Parrish Alleman spoke with Birmingham Police’s Public Information Officer, Lt. Sean Edwards about the “tactical situation” in downtown Birmingham.

To hear more from Lt. Edwards, see his latest update on the situation here.

Lt. Edwards tells CBS42 that they first received a call around 7:39 am Wednesday morning from a citizen saying a former employee was seen in his car outside the office. The citizen reported seeing a possible gun. Police arrived on the scene minutes later and began setting up a perimeter and command center. At the time Edwards said someone was still in their vehicle, a red truck.

No information is known about the person or the place of where he worked currently. No communication had been made with individual, though officers had attempted to approach the man. Lt. Edwards said that anytime there is a firearm reported, officials want to make sure to take the necessary precautions before entering harm’s way.

The gun the man had was confirmed to be a shotgun. There had been no indication of the man threatening anyone else at this time. Lt. Edwards confirmed that they believe a shot had been fired. One of their main objectives is to keep people safe, that is why the area had been blocked off to and no cars or pedestrians were allowed to pass through the area. Edwards asked for patience as they continue to work the area. He also asks for people to try and stay out of the area.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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