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Alabama Officer Shot Multiple Times, Gunman Surrenders After Hours-Long Standoff

Hoover, AL – A Hoover police officer was shot multiple times on Sunday morning at an apartment complex after officers tracked down a suspect accused of shooting at vehicles on the interstate.

The incident began at about 11:25 a.m. on Oct. 16 when police received a 911 call from a motorist who said a man in another vehicle had fired several shots into his car while he was traveling on Interstate 459, AL.com reported.

Police said the driver was not struck by any of the bullets and he was able to give officers a good description of the vehicle the gunman was driving.

Officers quickly spotted the suspect vehicle, according to AL.com.

The suspect got off the highway and pulled into The Hills at Hoover apartment complex on Lorna Road with police on his tail.

Police said the suspect opened fire on officers and one Hoover police officer was shot multiple times in both arms, WBRC reported.

Officers returned fire but police could not immediately tell whether the suspect had been shot, AL.com reported.

The armed suspect retreated into an apartment in the 3600-building of the complex and a long standoff began.

Officials said that U.S. Marshals and tactical officers from multiple law enforcement agencies in Jefferson and Shelby counties were on the scene, AL.com reported.

Police set up a perimeter and then evacuated some residents of the apartment complex while ordering others to shelter-in-place.

The wounded officer was transported to University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) Hospital and treated for his gunshot wounds, WBRC reported.

The apartment complex was placed in a lockdown as police negotiated with the suspect for hours.

Hoover Police Lieutenant Daniel Lowe told reporters the suspect ultimately walked out of the apartment where he had been barricaded voluntarily, with his hands up, AL.com reported.

Lt. Lowe said the suspect was taken into custody at 3:41 p.m.

The suspect had been shot in one arm and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, AL.com reported.

He was alert and stable when he left the scene and police said they did not believe his wounds were life-threatening.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has taken the lead on the officer-involved shooting investigation, AL.com reported.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato released a statement late on Sunday.

“I have visited with the officer and family members at UAB Hospital. I am thankful and relieved that our officer’s injuries do not appear to be critical,” the statement read. “Today’s shooting is indicative of the challenges that law enforcement officers face daily in our communities and we are all very fortunate that this incident did not have a tragic outcome.”

Officials have not yet released the name of the wounded police officer, AL.com reported.

Police also have not yet publicly identified the gunman.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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