ALEA SBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Fairfield

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 7:38 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Fairfeld on April 22.

The Birmingham Police Department requested ALEA’s assistance after the incident happened in the 5300 block of Acadia Terrace in Fairfield.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said around 3:20 p.m. investigators with the BPD Tactical precinct and officers with the BPD Narcotics Unit tried to serve a drug warrant on a suspect.

Smith said as officers were getting out of their cars, before they could even stage, the person fired several rounds at officers and officers returned fire striking the person.

The suspect - identified by the ALEA as Allen Dwight Robertson - was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The SBI says Robertson has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers said the preliminary investigation shows a firearm was found and recovered on the scene.

Family members said the man did not shoot first.

“He’s scared and they tipped up behind him in plain clothes and they just start shooting him,” the man’s Grandmother, Felicia McGrath, said.

McGrath’s home is also next door to the home where the incident occurred. She said she was not home at the time, but other family members were.

“No, he did not shoot,” she said. “No, he did not. His gun ain’t been fired.”

“It was very short and to the point,” Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said. “Our officers barely got a chance to get out of the vehicle. Barely had a chance to stage or anything before rounds were fired at them.”

“This was unnecessary,” McGrath said. “They didn’t have to shoot him.”

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said there is no body camera footage that he knows of from the incident.

A firearm was recovered at the scene. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation.

After the SBI is finished with their investigation, they say findings will be given to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Bessemer.

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