GREAT NEWS: Birmingham officer shot near a church is out of the hospital

BPD officer shot, 2 people in custody

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Birmingham narcotics detective who was shot while working off-duty Sunday morning is now out of the hospital and at home.

According to the Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police president, Officer John Finke was released from the hospital Sunday after multiple surgeries and a long recovery process.

A 16-year-old boy is charged with attempted murder and firing into an unoccupied vehicle.

Chief Smith said officers took both suspects in the shooting in custody at the Winn Dixie on Bessemer Road in Ensley. One suspect is 16-years-old and accused of shooting Finke. The other suspect is 25. Smith said during the robberies the suspects stole two cell phones from the victims. Investigators used those cell phones to track the suspects down in Ensley.

Officers also found guns on the suspects when they took them in custody.

The victims may have been walking toward Church of the Highlands in Woodlawn when they were robbed.

Finke was working off-duty for the Church of the Highlands when he responded to the robbery call and was shot.

Finke has been with the Birmingham Police Department since 2005.

Officer Cullen Stafford who was also shot while responding to an armed robbery in July, was one of the first to visit Detective Finke at UAB.

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