Birmingham, Alabama – A murder suspect who was evading police and is believed to have intentionally rammed his vehicle into a police streamed the chase on Facebook Live (video below,) according to The Birmingham News.
The video runs just over three minutes and shows the moment of impact when the driver hit the police car.
Two Birmingham police officers were seriously injured June 30 when two murder suspects being pursued by police are believed to have purposely T-boned the officers’ car while trying to escape.
The injured officers were listed in stable condition and speaking on Saturday afternoon, according to the newspaper. One of the injured officers was in training and the other was his field training officer.
The initial incident happened on Saturday night when someone shot into a car and killed the driver, now identified as Antonio Brooks. according to the newspaper. While police were on scene investigating, the suspects were spotted by police and a chase ensued. The rookie and training officer were waiting at an intersection for the suspects when the car T-boned them, according to a source.
The two injured officers were briefly trapped in their car. They were transported to the hospital as a team of police blocked intersections leading to the hospital to ensure they got medical aid as quick as possible.
The two suspects were caught and taken into custody.
"These two suspects weren't satisfied with the homicide but it appears they intentionally drove their vehicle into the patrol car injuring these officers,'' Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told The Birmingham News. "We are so thankful these officers survived this horrible collision."
Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards told reporters that the two officers suffered back and neck injuries, according to WBRC TV.
“They have a long road to recovery. But the good news is we're glad they're still here," Edwards said on Saturday at a news conference, the TV station reported. "I guess murdering someone wasn't enough for those suspects yesterday."
Police learned on the scene that one of the suspects stole a credit card from his grandmother and was going to buy an iPhone with it, WBRC reported. The father of that suspect started to pursue him when somebody began shooting at the father from the suspect’s car and a stray bullet hit a bystander in another car and killed him.