From The Tribune staff reports
HOOVER — A Hoover police officer was shot near an apartment complex on Lorna Road earlier this afternoon.
According to information posted on Twitter by the Hoover Police Department, the unnamed officer was injured in a shooting at The Hill of Hoover Apartments and is currently being treated for his injuries at UAB Hospital. The suspect is currently at large and is believed to be barricaded in an apartment at the complex.
The officer’s condition is not known at this time.
Hoover police are asking citizens in the area to shelter in place until further notice.
A media briefing regarding the shooting is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Update: 3:40 p.m.
Hoover Police Department Public Information Officer, Lt. Daniel Lowe, held a press briefing at 3 p.m. and provided additional details:
The situation began at 11:22 a.m., Sunday morning, with reports of a suspect shooting a weapon from a vehicle on Interstate 459. Officers were given a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, and were able to locate the suspect to The Hills at Hoover apartment complex.
“As officers attempted to initiate contact with the suspect, he produced a weapon and opened fire on officers,” Lowe said. “One Hoover police officer was struck multiple times and sustained what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.”
Officers returned fire, however it is unclear if the suspect was struck.
Hoover Police officials believe the suspect is barricaded in an apartment in the 3600 building at The Hills. Additional police resources, including the Hoover Special Response Tactical Team, negotiators, and officers from neighboring agencies are on the scene providing assistance.
Residents of surrounding apartment complexes have been evacuated and residents of the The Hill are being asked to shelter in place until officers can resolve the situation.
The identity of the police officer is being withheld pending notification of family. The suspect’s identity is unknown at this time other than he is a black male in his 2os or 30s.
Updated 4 p.m.
The Hoover Police Department has confirmed a suspect is in custody and the shelter-in-place for The Hills at Hoover apartment complex is now lifted. Hoover Police have scheduled another media briefing at 5 p.m.
Updated 5:10 p.m.
Lt. Lowe released a new statement during a press briefing at 5 p.m., adding new information.
• The officer sustained non-life-threatening gunshots in both arms and was treated and released from UAB Hospital.
• After several hours of negotiations, the suspect surrendered voluntarily to Hoover police.
• The suspect also sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and is being treated at a local hospital.
• Since officers discharged their weapons during the ordeal, The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will now officially take over investigation of the incident.
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