UPDATED: Man fatally shot in incident involving Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies
By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer
BIRMINGHAM – A man involved in an early morning shooting with Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies June 22 has died, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
The man, an adult male whose identity authorities have not yet released pending an investigation, allegedly led deputies on a vehicle pursuit from an apartment complex off U.S. 280 to Oporto Madrid Boulevard. The man was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m. June 22 at UAB Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries following the shooting.
SCSO deputies were patrolling apartment complexes and neighborhoods near the U.S. 280 corridor at about 2:30 a.m. June 22 when a deputy observed an alleged suspicious vehicle driving through an apartment complex, and then noticed it traveling erratically along U.S. 280 after leaving the complex, according to a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office press release.
“The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on this vehicle and a pursuit began when the driver failed to pull over in response to the deputy’s emergency lights and siren,” the release read. “The vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed and the chase ended when the driver exited Interstate 20 at Oporto Madrid Boulevard (South) in Birmingham, Ala.”
The vehicle stopped after exiting the interstate. Sheriff’s deputies and assisting officers issued verbal commands to the driver, who they identified as an adult male, and the passenger to exit the vehicle to determine why they fled from officers, according to the release.
“There was a deliberate movement of the suspect’s vehicle backwards in an attempt to injure officers and a Shelby County deputy fired at the vehicle, striking the driver,” the release read.
The driver was transported to a local medical facility for treatment, and the passenger, also identified as an adult male, was not injured and was taken to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
One deputy sustained minor injuries during the incident, and the deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, which is a normal practice of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the release read.
Deputies determined the vehicle was stolen from a location in Jefferson County and displayed a switched tag.
A stolen weapon was found inside the vehicle, and authorities obtained it as evidence.
The names of the vehicle’s driver and passenger have not been released as a formal investigation of the incident is being conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Formal charges will be released when the investigation is completed and a warrant is obtained, according to the release.
In the release, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego acknowledged all responding agencies for their assistance and said the incident will be “thoroughly and transparently investigated with the results released at the appropriate time.”
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