Midfield police searching for suspect on foot that reportedly pointed gun at officers

MIDFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — Police are searching for a suspect following a chase that began in Midfield and ended in Birmingham.

Midfield police responded to a call about a shooting around 11:30 a.m. When they arrived, they saw a car that fit the description they were given and attempted a traffic stop. That’s when the suspect started the chase, which lasted only a few minutes.

The chase ended at a house at the corner of Patton Ave. and Sugar Ray Drive in Birmingham. That’s where the suspect got out of the car and started running. Police say he pointed a gun at the officer who was chasing him, and the officer fired at the suspect and missed. He discontinued the search after that to avoid a potential shootout in the neighborhood where the search was taking place.

Midfield Police say they heard that the suspect might turn himself in, but that had not happened as of late Thursday afternoon. They are still trying to identify the suspect and hoping to find him.

Midfield Mayor Gary Richardson says police were originally responding to a vehicle spotted firing shots at a home on Nolia Street in Midfield, and gave chase.

Birmingham Police assisted at the scene where the car stopped since that location is in their jurisdiction. The SBI also is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Jefferson County and Brighton officials also assisted.

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