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Man, 77, shot by Birmingham officer in February dies of his injuries

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A 77-year-old man who was shot by a Birmingham police officer after he pointed a gun at first responders has died from his injuries more than a month after the shooting.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the man as Douglas Harris.

A Birmingham police officer and a Birmingham firefighter conducted a welfare check at Harris' apartment in the 7900 block of 1st Avenue South on Feb. 20.

When Harris opened the door, he pointed a gun at them, according to Birmingham police. The officer fired at Harris and hit him twice.

"There had been some reports of some dementia with the individual. And so the officer went up with the fire department to assist knocked on the door, and the gentleman came to the door and presented a firearm. And so at the time the officer had to respond immediately," Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards said last month.

Harris was taken to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries, but his condition was later reported as stable. The coroner said Harris passed away on Friday, March 27.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigations has taken over the case since the shooting involved a police office.

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