#EmanticFitzgeralBradfordJr was trying to save lives when gunfire broke out an #Alabama mall on #Thanksgiving during #BlackFriday sales and unfortunately his heroic actions cost him his life.
Bradford was fatally shot inside the #RiverchaseGalleria in #Hoover, Alabama, by a police officer who claims he mistook the 21-year-old U.S. Army veteran for the actual gunman. Today, state officials announced that the officer was justified in the shooting.
A Hoover police officer was justified in fatally shooting Emantic Fitzgerald “EJ” Bradford Jr. Thanksgiving night inside the Riverchase Galleria, state officials announced today, according to #al.com.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s website posted a report following a more than two-month investigation into 21-year-old Bradford’s death, as well as the gunfire that wounded a Birmingham 18-year-old and a 12-year-old innocent bystander moments before Hoover police swarmed in and killed Bradford. The officer who fired the fatal shot was only identified as “Officer 1” in the report.
“After an extensive investigation and review, the Attorney General has determined Officer 1 did not commit a crime under Alabama law when he shot and killed E.J. Bradford and thus the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct preclude presentation of this case to a grand jury,” the report states.
“The facts of this case demonstrate that Officer 1 reasonably exercised his official powers, duties, or functions when he shot” Bradford, the report continues.
“Officer 1” and his partner were working on-duty in the Galleria when they heard gunfire from 75 feet away. The two officers encountered Bradford within three seconds. Bradford, the report states, “held a firearm in a ready position.” The two officers charged forward.
“Several persons were in Bradford’s path. Immediately before him, Brian Wilson lay on the ground, bleeding from his gunshot wounds and a 18-year-old (name redacted in report; only identified as “AC”) stood over Wilson,” the report continues. “Beyond them, Erron Brown (the initial shooter) and his companions were running for JC Penney, while several innocent bystanders were scrambling for cover.”
It was then Officer 1 identified Bradford “as an immediate threat to innocent civilians and thus shot Bradford to eliminate the threat,” the report adds.
We continue to keep Bradford’s family in our prayers during this difficult time.