Jefferson County, Al. Deputy shot during drug bust, 5 in custody, 1 at large

Five people are in custody while one remains at large after a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the leg while serving a drug search warrant in southwest Birmingham on Thursday.

The incident occurred at the 2900 block of Dowell Avenue Southwest around 6 p.m. Thursday, Officers from the Birmingham Police and the sheriff’s office responded to a drug search warrant gone bad when shots were fired.

An unnamed Deputy Sheriff from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the leg.  Deputies who were with the Narcotics, Vice Deputy dragged him from the house while returning fire while three suspects escaped.

The Deputy was transported to UAB with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover. Sheriff Mike Hale says the deputy never saw who shot at him. Hale says the suspect shot at him through the wall. The Deputy is expected to require reconstructive knee surgery.

One suspect was shot in the shoulder and one suspect was shot in the ankle.

The suspect who was shot in the shoulder was taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries to the hospital and is being treated.  The suspect who was shot in the ankle escaped in a vehicle and remains at large. He was described as a black male in a purple shirt.

One other suspect was immediately taken into custody at the scene along with the suspect who was shot in the shoulder.

Three more suspects remained barricaded in the home. Tear gas was deployed by a SWAT Team and two suspects were captured as they attempted to escape from the home by Officers. The third person who attempted to barricade himself inside was taken into custody when SWAT officers made their way inside the house and located him.

Three adult males and one adult female are being questioned by detectives at the Sheriff’s Office. One suspect remains at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. A sixth suspect with a wounded ankle remains at large. Charges have not yet been announced according to Chief Deputy Randy Christian of the Birmingham Police Department.

More than 100 officers were deployed to the scene and many still remain while they gather evidence and work the crime scene where they have recovered evidence including weapons and narcotics.

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