VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (X6): Vestavia Hills Police identified the suspects and released their charges.
20-year-old Patrick O’Neal Cobb of Birmingham is charged with attempted murder and receiving stolen property in the second.
Police identified the second suspect as Cameron DeShaun Ford, 17, also of Birmingham. Ford, who police say is “adjudicated as an adult” is charged with attempted murder, receiving stolen property in the first, and receiving stolen property in the second.
Ford’s bond is set at $350,000. Cobb’s bond is set at $300,000.
UPDATE (X5): Lt. Kevin York of the Vestavia Hills Police addressed the media at a 10 am press conference. He said that a second suspect is now in custody and a second firearm has been recovered. The second suspect was found in their Huffman home.
Police say that they were originally told of a third suspect but that has not been confirmed and they are still looking into it. No charges have been filed for either suspect at this time.
York stated that Friday morning’s incident started when the suspects knocked on a person’s door just before 2 a.m., asking for directions. York then stressed the importance of calling the police if that happens to you, “If, in those late hours, you have somebody knocking at your door [quote] asking for help or directions, call us, do not open the door, let them know that you’ve contacted the police and we’re on our way and we will be glad to help them when we get there, and not to open the door.”
UPDATE (X4): Police are now collapsing their perimeter as they believe the suspects may have left the area. There is a 10 am news conference scheduled. We will bring you the latest information from that press conference.
UPDATE (X3): Vestavia officials are saying the FAA is not giving the helicopter permission to take off.
UPDATE (X2): Those that live in the area near Big Spring and Shades Crest Road have been cleared to leave their homes. Meanwhile the helicopter from St. Clair County is expected to arrive soon. Search dogs are also being used to locate the suspects.
UPDATE: Officers from Mountain Brook, Hoover, Pelham, Jefferson County, and Shelby County are assisting in the search. St. Clair County is bringing in a helicopter to help look for the suspects. Cars are also stationed all the way to I-459.
Schools are scheduled to open on time in the area.
ORIGINAL: A massive police search is underway in Vestavia Hills Friday morning.
According to the Vestavia Hills Police Department, an officer tried to stop a car reported stolen around 1:45 Friday morning. Offices say the vehicle was reported stolen out of Center Point Thursday.
Investigators say the car stopped in a yard at the intersection of Big Springs and Shades Crest Road. Authorities say a man fired shots at the officer. The officer was unharmed.
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One suspect is in custody. Vestavia Hills police say that there are one or two suspects still on the loose.
VHPD is asking residents who live in the area of Cherokee Road, Schmyer Road, Shades Crest Road, Highway 280 on both sides of the water works and Rocky Ridge to stay inside until the sun comes up.
There is a heavy police presence in that area. Police are using dogs to search the area.
Investigators say that one firearm was recovered.
WIAT 42 News has a crew on the scene and we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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