Executing a search warrant can be a dangerous task for a law enforcement officer. Suspects often do not want to be brought in by officers and will put up a fight.
Many recent officer injuries have happened during the execution of warrants. In Birmingham, multiple officers were injured while executing a warrant for a double homicide.
Out Walking the Dog
It all began with a argument between the victims who were walking a dog and the suspect. The dog seemed to be a part of the argument. Authorities believe that the female victim may have been in a relationship with the suspect.
Witnesses said the suspect fled the area prior to officers arriving.
The male victim died on the sidewalk and was a well-known in the area transient. The female victim was in the middle of the street.
She had been shot in the head. Paramedics took her to UAB Hospital, and was pronounced dead.
According to Al.com, no one knows if the dog has been located or not. Witnesses described the shooter as a man wearing a red shirt and overalls.
Executing a Warrant
Officers searched the area and looked for more evidence like video surveillance. Witnesses and a little leg work, helped them find the apartment of the presumed shooter.
Birmingham officers went to a suspect's home over the weekend, intending to serve him with a search warrant near Southside Park.
According to Sgt. Rod Mauldin, SWAT went into the building to serve the warrant to the suspects apartment on the third-floor.
“Upon making entry, they were immediately met by gunfire,’' Mauldin said. The officers fired back and struck the suspect. The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes.
Four officers were hurt in the exchange. Two were shot and the other two had grazes. All of the officers were taken to UAB Hospital's emergency room for treatment.
According to Mauldin, two were shot in "lower extremities." Those two were released the same day. The officers who were grazed received treatment onsite from Birmingham Fire and Rescue Services.
This was the cities fifth homicide in two days. Mauldin urged residents to call them "before these things escalate" so they can help.
It is important for citizens to know that officers are there to help instead of there to clean up the mess afterwards.
Police officers can help to deescalate situations so it does not need to lead to death or injury.