Vestavia Hills Police officer who died in self-inflicted shooting identified

Several Vestavia Hills PD cruisers are parked outside the UAB ER. (CBS 42/Matt Fernandez)

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — A Vestavia Hills police officer died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the department confirmed.

The incident happened around 11:30 in the 1000 block of Montgomery Highway. The Vestavia Hills police and fire departments responded to a call that an officer was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They transported him to UAB Hospital, where he later died.

Police officers did not want to talk on camera about the incident, but released a statement that said, “VHPD asks the community to keep the officer’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Thursday, the department identified the officer as Robert “Bobby” Hancock. They shared:

Officer Robert “Bobby” Hancock’s tour of duty ended yesterday. Bobby loved serving as a police officer and was loved by each of us at VHPD. He will forever be missed by all who knew him.
We ask for community’s continued prayers for Bobby’s family, friends and colleagues. We also ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

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