Birmingham Officer Shot By Gunman; Officer Not Wearing Vest

Christopher Berg

A Birmingham police officer was shot on Sunday.

Birmingham, AL - A suspect is on the loose after shooting a Birmingham police officer on Sunday.

The incident started when the officer was working off-duty security at Church of the Highlands, according to Chief Patrick Smith.

A call got dispatched for a robbery in-progress nearby, and the off-duty officer responded.

When he arrived, at least one gunman shot him twice in his abdomen and once under his arm. The officer was not wearing a ballistic vest.

It's unknown if the officer was able to return fire.

Police tracked cell phones stolen in the robbery and were able to arrest one suspect and recover a handgun. A second suspect remains on the run.

The unidentified officer is in surgery at UAB hospital in critical condition.

“Between last year and the year before, we took like 4,000 handguns off the street, and in most of those incidents we did so very safely. There is always that one time, one moment you know, where things like this happen. So we just have to do more to be prepared, do more as far as our training, and do more to make sure our officers are completely alert and aware of what is happening,” Chief Smith said.

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flybynight
flybynight

Prayers for the officer 🙏

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

"Detective John Finke, who works in narcotics and has been with the department since 2005, suffered three gunshot wounds — two to his stomach and one in the upper chest area. Finke, who was working security at Church of the Highlands when responded to a apparent robbery in progress on Georgia Road, was conscious before being taken to UAB Hospital.

Smith said Finke is in critical condition in the ICU after undergoing emergency surgery.

The chief said it appears Finke was able to return fire during the incident, but it's unclear if the suspects were hit. He said the officer was not wearing a protective vest.

Smith said two suspects were taken into custody in Ensley after police tracked a pair of cellphones stolen during the robbery. The chief said the suspects were in possession of the stolen phones and a handgun was recovered."

JBoH
JBoH

Prayers for the officer and his family...both blood and blue. Absolutely have to wear your vest nowadays.

Marxest
Marxest

That's horrible, horrible, horrible! I feel a little bit sorry for this idiot. Just a little bit. But not too much. Going to a gunfight without body armor? Brave, not a bright move. (Body armor would certainly have helped stave off those gunshot wounds that he sustained)
Let us hope that God looks after this idiot. Am I acting in bad taste @LEO0301? I hope so. I want to be more like you, nasty racist and completely insensitive. How am I doing?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

did the cop's daughter get shot too? @LEO0301 would probably celebrate if that happened.

MikeJ.
MikeJ.

Shot twice in the abdomen and once under the arm (upper chest; seems none of the bullets would have been stopped by a vest.

PAPD
PAPD

Prayers for the Officer, his family and friends....... I just do not understand WHY they have to report that they tracked a victims cell phone... Why educate the bad guys??

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

flybynight
flybynight

Another NPN situation? Stay tuned.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Detective Finke:

Suspected shooter is 16, so we won't be learning about them. Other suspected robber is 25, but I don't see his name anywhere...

The pastor of the church where the officer was working off-duty before he was shot said Detective Finke has provided security at the church for 8 years. He added his condolences in posts on Twitter and Instagram.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer John Finke who has served our church for 8 years at our Woodlawn campus. He was critically injured today after responding to an incident in the Woodlawn community... Please join us in praying for Officer Finke's full recovery and for peace and comfort for his family."

In a statement on social media Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin offered supportive words for Detective Finke, his family and Birmingham police.

"Tonight we wrap our arms around officer John Finke, his family and the entire Birmingham Police Department. Our officers risk their lives each and every time they step out of their doors for the betterment of our communities."

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Marxest @Hi_estComnDenomn Are both of you children mental cases or just have a bad experience with the police in your misguided youth?

Over and over the two of repeatedly make comments which are racist, inflammatory, and are designed to do nothing but what you both seem to despise most about @LEO0301. Why?

Is it because he’s blue, or white, or opinionated and you just don’t like any of those? I really think this website, Blue Lives Matter, really needs to go to a subscription based audience only with ties to law enforcement, that way hopefully we can sift out some of the known riff raff and trouble makers on this site and get back to being about Blue Lives Mattering.


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