Man charged with murder in the death of BPD officer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The man accused of shooting and killing a Birmingham police officer late Saturday night has been charged with murder.

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls says 40-year-old Patrick Deon Johnson has been charged with capital murder in the death of Birmingham Police Department officer Keary Hollis.

Falls says the charge is capital murder because it involves shooting into a vehicle.  He says Johnson was already in police custody but was formally charged Monday.

Johnson’s warrant is set at no bond.

Hollis was killed Saturday night following an altercation outside Triple T’s Convenience Store.

Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards says Holli had been with the department for five and a half years. He became a father to a new born son only two weeks ago and was looking forward to celebrating his birthday later in May.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Hollis inside his vehicle, which had run into an abandoned building next to the store. The officer appeared to have suffered from a gunshot wound to the body. He died at the scene.

The shooting late Saturday night prompted numerous streets to be blocked off as officers and emergency personnel worked the scene and searched for the suspect.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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