There are few crimes police take more seriously than assault on a police officer. However, we are not talking about a typical assault on a police officer charge, where an officer is hit by a suspect while trying to place handcuffs. Rather, we are talking about a deliberate and violent attack on a police officer.
According to a recent news report from WBRC, Birmingham police have confirmed the identification of a suspect and arrested him on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer.
In this case, the alleged victim was a Birmingham police detective.
Authorities say the incident occurred in the east side of Birmingham on a Friday morning. The detective was wearing civilian clothes at the time of the alleged attempted murder. He stopped a suspicious vehicle at a local shopping center and was waiting for backup to arrive, when one of the occupants of the vehicle got out and allegedly started a verbal altercation with detective.
At this point, it is believed the verbal altercation turned into a physical altercation between the two occupants of the car and the detective. The detective was seriously injured during this alleged altercation, though there has not been any additional information released as to how exactly he was injured. The suspects then got back in the car and drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed, according to reports.
When the detective's backup finally arrived, they found him seriously injured and called for an ambulance. When EMTs arrived on scene, they provided immediate medical attention to the injured detective and transported him to UAB hospital. Though the extent of his injuries have not been made public as of the time of this article, he was treated and admitted overnight for observation before being released to rest at home.
Following the alleged assault, an unidentified witness was able to get the license plate of the maroon sport utility vehicle suspects were allegedly driving. Police used this to identify the owner of the vehicle, which eventually led to the arrest of the 34- year-old suspect. He was being held in Jefferson County Jail without bond. It is not known if police have identified the passenger in the vehicle, or if they plan on arresting him. There was also mention of a possible third suspect in this matter.
As our Birmingham criminal defense attorneys can explain, if you learn you are the target of an investigation, or the police have a warrant for your arrest, the best thing you can do is to speak with an experienced lawyer for advice. Generally, it will be necessary to surrender, but your attorney may be able to assist you in doing this at a time that is convenient to you and to arrange with the officers to book and process you at a certain time, so you can get a bond hearing as soon as possible after surrender.
It is also more likely you will be released following your arrest if you self-surrender than if the police have to serve the warrant and effectuate an arrest.
It is also much safer to self-surrender with the assistance of an attorney, both in terms of your constitutional rights and your physical safety, especially if the alleged offense involved harming a police officer.
Arrest made in Birmingham detective assault, August 8, 2015, WRBC