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An Alabama police officer was shot and injured and a suspect was killed after an armed robbery at a store, turned into a deadly shoot-out on Wednesday night.
The police were dispatched to the 500 block of 23rd St. N., in the city of Birmingham, at around 6:30 pm, in the midst of reports of an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store, Birmingham’s police chief, Patrick Smith, told reporters.
Once on scene, officers said they saw a man fleeing the area, which corresponds to the description of the suspect in question. Smith said the officers to the man, and tried to get him to stop when he pulled out a gun and started shooting.
An officer of Cullen Stafford, was struck “multiple times” during a shoot-out on Wednesday. He was a 9-year-old veteran of the Birmingham Police Department. He joined the force on July 18, 2011.
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He fired several rounds and struck the Officer, Cullen Stafford, “more than once.”
Stafford was badly wounded fellow officers put him in a police car and took him to the University of Alabama and a Hospital’s Trauma Center, which is about 2 km away from the scene, WBRC reported.
Smith said that the back-up was called and the accused are “beyond committed” to the police on three different locations. The officers fired “several rounds” at the suspect and he was ultimately fatally shot in the vicinity of the parking garage, about three or four blocks away from the original crime scene.
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“It’s very, very difficult for everyone, but it is a difficult task. We have the staff that are here, we have lots of training, lots of support,” Smith said.
Stafford’s 9-year-old veteran of the Birmingham Police Department. He joined the force on July 18, 2011. He’s set to turn 36 on Thursday.
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Smith would not release the identity of the defendant, or to comment on his description.
The police department set an initial scope of five blocks, following the Wednesday night shooting. A second officer was also injured during the chase, though, Smith said it wasn’t a gun-related injury.