UPDATED: Trussville, Birmingham and Moody PD on scene of armed person
By Crystal McGough
The Trussville Police Department, Birmingham Police Department and Moody Police Department are all currently on the scene of an armed man near Mary Taylor Road.
Earlier this morning, TPD Lt. Jeff Bridges said his earliest information indicated a man was allegedly threatening suicide.
Birmingham Police Department’s Sgt. Johnny Williams said that the man has a gun and is in an open field located in the Birmingham city limits of Mary Taylor Road, between two pockets in Trussville. At this time, the armed man has not threatened any other person.
Williams said that the Trussville Police Department was notified at approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning that a subject was being sought by the company he works for.
“He hadn’t returned to work,” Williams said. “They also located his vehicle utilizing their GPS system that they have on the company vehicle. Once they located his vehicle, they located the subject.”
After determining that the man was within Birmingham jurisdiction, TPD contacted BPD.
“We mobilized our tactical SWAT team,” Williams said. “They’re apparently on the scene with the Trussville negotiator, working at the junction with him, trying to encourage the subject to surrender and come from the field. He has the weapon out there and he refuses to come out of the field and speak with the officers.”
The Moody PD is on the scene, as well, and Williams confirmed that the armed man is a subject of one of MPD’s investigations.
“Moody Police Department is trying to contact him,” he said. “He is in the center of an investigation they’re conducting right now.”
Williams could not give further information on the Moody PD investigation or confirm whether or not the investigation had to do with the current situation.
The TPD negotiator is currently still in contact with the subject, Williams said.
“We’re still working the situation, trying to resolve it with no injuries,” he said. “We’re trying to resolve it and bring it to a peaceful resolution.