BREAKING: Two Officers Wounded, Two People Dead In Walmart Gunfight

Sandy Malone

Two Talladega police officers were wounded, and a man and woman were killed, in a gunfight in front of Walmart.

Talladega, AL – Two police officers were wounded, and a man and a woman were killed, during a gun battle outside the Talladega Walmart early Wednesday morning.

The incident began at about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 when the Talladega Police Department received a 911 call for help with a possible kidnapping that had just occurred at the Chevron station across the street from the Walmart on Haynes Road, according to

When officers arrived on the scene, they quickly located the suspect vehicle and its driver, the man who was considered to be the suspect in the kidnapping.

The suspect opened fire on police, striking one officer. Officers returned fire, fatally shooting the gunman, WVTM reported.

The reported kidnapping victim was found dead inside the suspect’s vehicle, reported.

The officer who was shot was airlifted to University of Alabama – Birmingham Hospital’s Trauma Center. He was expected to survive, reported.

Alabama State Bureau of Investigation Lieutenant Jon Riley said a second officer was also wounded, but not by gunfire.

That wounded officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment, reported.

Lt. Riley said police do not yet know if the suspect and his kidnapping victim were previously acquainted, or if the kidnapping attempt was random.

Numerous law enforcement agencies were on the scene to assist. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation will be the lead investigating agency.

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Comments (28)
No. 1-5

Walmart's have always been a drain on police resources. They tend to attract a certain breed of person who have had their fair share of police encounters.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Did the police officers kill the kidnapping victim?

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

So glad the Officer will be ok. Been shot at two times in 35 years. Never a fun time. Fortunately I was never hit. I would imagine the bad guy killed the victim. So let’s not jump to the right away conclusion that the Police shot her. Feel bad for the victims family. Maybe posts could be about that instead of right away thinking the Police did something wrong. That’s what’s wrong with society today. Too quick to make them the bad guy. But when you are in real trouble you don’t think twice about calling them and they would lay down their life for even the biggest critic. Wait for the investigation then make a judgement.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The fact that the officers have not been named yet tells you that they killed the hostage (a 24 year old woman) and not the kidnapper.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

From the Annoiston Star: The alleged kidnapper, Benjamin Eugene Weathers, also of Anniston, died in a shootout with police; the circumstances around their deaths are unclear. Whether Brianna was killed before or during the firefight is a question that has yet to be answered by Talladega police or the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Efforts to reach both by phone for this story were unsuccessful through the week following the shooting. Brianna’s autopsy report is months away from arriving, Christina said, and the police haven’t told the family anything new since the shooting.