2 teens charged with attempted murder after injuring BPD officers, killing bystander

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Two teenagers are facing charges after shooting a bystander and critically injuring two Birmingham Police officers Friday night.

DeMarcus Daniels, 17, and  Xzavier McWillie, 16, have been charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

According to Lt. Sean Edwards with Birmingham Police, officers responded to a call of shots fired just before 9 p.m. The caller reported that his son and a friend were firing shots at him as he followed them in his car.

Police received a second call of a car crash in the same area. Officers determined the crash was a result of the driver being struck by a stray bullet from the suspects. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a house in the 1700 block of Jefferson Avenue.

The victim, 20-year-old Antonio Brown, suffered one gunshot wound to the right side of his body and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The two other occupants of the car were transported to UAB hospital.

According to the father of the suspect, the incident started when his son stole his grandmother’s credit card to purchase an iPhone. The father said he went looking for his son and found him near Good Friends Restaurant. He followed them from that location and shortly after, the shooting occurred.

Officials later spotted the suspect at the Triple S convenience store on 24th St. The suspects fled the scene.

After a brief pursuit, the suspects’ vehicle collided with a police cruiser on 18th Street. There were two officers in the patrol vehicle who were transported to UAB Hospital with serious injuries. They are now in stable condition.

Daniels and McWillie are being held on a $600,000 bond. Investigators say additional charges are possible.


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