Bessemer police officer arrested in connection with officer-involved shooting in Gardendale

Bessemer police officer arrested in connection with officer-involved shooting in Gardendale
Stanley Thomas (Source: Gardendale PD)

GARDENDALE, Ala. (WBRC) - A Bessemer police officer was charged with obstructing a governmental operation and resisting arrest following Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting in Gardendale.

Authorities say Stanley Raheem Thomas of Birmingham, 26, was one of four people outside of a car on Mount Olive Road and Mountain Crest Parkway at the rear entrance of Gardendale Baptist Church Wednesday night.

A Gardendale police officer was in the area responding to a call about fireworks. When he got to the scene, authorities say one of the four men had a firearm. The officer told the person to drop the weapon, but he did not, and got into the car nearly hitting the officer as his drove away, authorities say.

Authorities said the officer fired one shot and hit the driver, who wrecked 200 feet from the scene.

The officer was not injured. The driver of the vehicle was hit once in the legs and taken to UAB Hospital with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

The officer is on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

On Friday, Gardendale police obtained warrants for 20-year-old Tyress Dimitri Hill for attempted murder and certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm. His bond is set at $100,000 and $30,000.

Tyress Dimitri Hill, 20, and Stanley Raheem Thomas, 26.
Tyress Dimitri Hill, 20, and Stanley Raheem Thomas, 26. (Source: Gardendale PD)

A third person was held on an outstanding warrant in another agency. A fourth person was released.

ALEA is investigating the shooting.

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