BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Deputy Chief Michael Roper spoke with WIAT 42 about a shooting that happened late Saturday night. Originally Bessemer Police were called out to a fight in progress around 11:55 p.m. While in route it was reported that shots had been fired at the residence on the 1600 block of Holbrook Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene they saw a male entering a vehicle and being described as trying to leave the scene.
When officers ordered the male to exit the vehicle he refused and began to accelerate the car toward the officers. They jumped out of the way and fired at the vehicle, in the process hitting the suspect in the chest area. The vehicle crashed into a home further down the block. The suspect would end up being transported to UAB.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending investigation. The leave is standard protocol for situations like this says Roper. He adds that the officers were in their right to protect themselves.
The suspect, who has been identified as a 30-year-old African-American male, was as of Sunday listed in critical condition.
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