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Birmingham PD: Officers shoot Pinson man after he grabbed taser

The suspect has been identified as Armonda Contreras
Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 7:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 10:25 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Jefferson County coroner confirmed a man died after an officer-involved shooting with Birmingham Police in the 8500 block of 1st Avenue North.

The man has been identified as 43-year-old Armonda Contreras of Pinson

According to Sgt. Mauldin with the Birmingham Police Department, officers observed a vehicle in the 9100 block of Parkway East driving erratically down the wrong side of the road at approximately 7 p.m. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in which the vehicle failed to yield to emergency equipment and emergency lights.

At that time, police say Contreras continued to drive down 1st Avenue into the 8500 block where he bailed from the vehicle and entered into a nearby restaurant.

Before officers entered the establishment, they were met by one of the staff members who said Contreras entered and armed himself with a glass bottle while inside of the location. Mauldin said when officers entered, objects were being thrown at them.

The officers responded by deploying their Conducted Electrical Weapons (Tasers) at Contreras. A physical altercations ensued and the Contreras gained control of one of the officer’s tasers. During the confrontation officers discharged their firearms striking the suspect.

Contreras continued to fight and eventually collapsed.

Mauldin said they are going into their “use of force officer involved shooting protocols” in which the Alabama Bureau of Investigations will take the lead in this investigation.

Contreras was taken to UAB hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died at UAB Hospital Monday night.

There are no injuries to the officers involved.

Officers are unsure how many rounds were fired or if multiple officers fired their weapons.

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