Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Homewood identified

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — 10/13 UPDATE: The Jefferson County Coroner has identified the person killed in the officer-involved shooting as 35-year-old John Robert Payne of Birmingham.

UPDATE: The officer who was injured in the shooting has been released from the hospital. He is at home and is expected to make a full recovery.

According to the State Bureau of Investigation, which has taken over the case, the two people who were with the man who was shot and killed were questioned by police and released without charges.

Lt. Jon Riley with the SBI says it should take roughly 60 days to fully investigate the shooting.

The officers involved in the shooting were part of an increased patrol due to a rash of burglaries in Homewood.

Mayor Scott McBrayer said this incident will not curtail the efforts of Homewood Police.

“I can promise you this: They will be right back out there tonight. They’re out as we speak now, and I don’t have any reservation at all that the City of Homewood is safe.

Homewood Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting. It happened early Thursday morning at the Allsouth Appliance on State Farm Parkway.

Investigators say one suspect died and two others are in custody.

According to Lt. Keith Peterson, officers have increased patrols in the area due to recent car break-ins. Officers spotted three people standing around two vehicles in the Allsouth Appliance parking lot around 2 a.m. The trunk of one vehicle was open. The officers approached the group when one male fled on foot.

Police pursued the suspect, deploying their Tasers to no avail. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers, hitting one in the upper thigh. Officers fired back at the suspect, striking and killing him.

The injured officer was transported to Grandview Medical Center in serious condition. Officials say the officer is in his 20s and is in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The other two suspects were taken into custody and are being held at the Homewood Police Department for questioning.

Investigators have learned that the two vehicles in the parking lot were owned by the suspects. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will take over the investigation.

This is a developing story. WIAT will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available.

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