4 Birmingham officers injured, 2 shot and 2 grazed, suspect killed
All 4 officers are expected to make a full recovery
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Two Birmingham officers wounded by gunfire while executing a search warrant for a double homicide suspect Sunday have been released from a hospital and are recovering at home.
Birmingham Police confirm Jeremy Dorr and Jacob Rouse are recovering.
Officer Jeremy Dorr, 40, is a 16-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department. Officer Dorr is assigned to the Tactical Operations Precinct.
Officers Jacob Rouse, 28, has served 5 years with the Birmingham Police Department. Officer Rouse is assigned to the Tactical Operations Precinct.
“The Birmingham Police Department would like to thank everyone for their heart felt condolences and prayers for our officers.”
Birmingham Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin confirmed Sunday afternoon four officers were injured when a man opened fire while they were serving a warrant.
Two officers were shot. Their injuries are non-life threatening and they are expected to make a full recovery.
Two officers were grazed and are expected to make a full recovery. All four officers are part of the Birmingham Police Department tactical unit.
The suspect was shot and killed at the scene. The Jefferson County Coroner confirmed the suspect was 39-year-old Brian Timothy Dunne.
Sgt. Mauldin said this all started Sunday morning, May 16 at 6:30 a.m.
Officers received a call of two people shot at Brother Bryan Park in the 1000 block of Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. Police arrived at the scene to find a 35-year-old Birmingham woman lying in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. She later died. Birmingham officers identified the woman as Courtney Jan Ashley.
A 34-year-old Birmingham man was also shot and died on scene. He was identified as Brian Anthony Adkins.
Investigators said according to witnesses, the victims were walking a dog when they were approached by a man and a verbal altercation ensued. Witnesses say a dog was mentioned during the argument. Investigators have established that the woman and the suspect were in a dating relationship.
The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.
Officers said they later got a lead on a male suspect, identified as Brian Timothy Dunne, in the 1000 block of 18th Street South. Tactical officers were called to respond and execute a search warrant.
When they arrived at the door, investigators said the officers were immediately met with gunfire.
Four officers were injured, two struck by gunfire, two were grazed.
Investigators said the officers returned fire and the suspect was killed.
A firearm was recovered at the scene.
State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the shooting.
The Birmingham City Council released the following statements concerning the shootings:
“We are calling on all of our residents to take a stand against these hostile acts,” said Council President William Parker. “This senseless violence must stop. We are continuing to monitor this situation closely, and we are wishing all of the officers involved a speedy recovery.”
“The events that unfolded today exemplify the risks that the men and women of the Birmingham Police Department assume every day,” said Public Safety Chairman Hunter Williams. “Now more than ever, we need to rally around our department and officers, who are putting their lives on the line in what is often a thankless job to protect the citizens of Birmingham. I am extremely grateful that the officers will survive their injuries, and hope the community will continue to support them--and all our officers.”
“These officers make sacrifices and put their lives at risk to keep us safe,” said Council Pro Tem Wardine Alexander. “We are so grateful for the job that they do. We are going to continue to lift them up in our thoughts and prayers.”
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