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OffbeatAlabama mall-shooting victim killed by police was struck from behind, independent autopsy shows

10:05  04 december  2018
10:05  04 december  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Man killed in Alabama mall shooting was ‘likely’ not gunman, police say

Man killed in Alabama mall shooting was ‘likely’ not gunman, police say Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr., 21, who was killed by a police officer after a Thanksgiving night shooting at the Riverchase Galleria was “likely” not the gunman who shot a teenager earlier that evening, police clarified Friday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The incident unfolded at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama, about 10 miles from Birmingham.

The man fatally shot by police responding to a shooting at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night was struck three times from behind, an attorney for his family said Monday.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump released the findings of an independent autopsy at a news conference in Birmingham, Alabama, that indicate Emantic "E.J." Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot in the head, neck and back.

"We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime," Crump said. "There's nothing that justifies him shooting E.J. as he's moving away from him. You're not a threat when you're running away."

Family of black man killed by cop in Alabama mall shooting hires civil rights attorney

Family of black man killed by cop in Alabama mall shooting hires civil rights attorney The family of a black man fatally shot by a police officer at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night reportedly retained a national civil rights attorney. According to a press release obtained by a local ABC station, the family has hired Benjamin Crump to represent them in the shooting death of Emantic Fitzger ald Bradford Jr. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Crump previously Trayvon Martin's family in their case against George Zimmerman, the station also notes.

One of the bullets entered the back of Bradford's head and another near the back of his hip, according to the autopsy.

Bradford, 21, also had a laceration on his right eyebrow that might indicate he fell face forward.

"You shot him from the back," said Emantic Bradford Sr., a former corrections officer. "Three times my son was shot. He did not pose a threat to you. You could have taken him down without even having" fired a shot.

Bradford was killed by an officer responding to gunfire at the crowded Riverchase Galleria just before 10 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving night.

Hoover police said an argument between several young men led to gunfire.

The suspect in the shooting, Erron Brown, 20, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service in Georgia on Thursday.

Alabama mall-shooting victim killed by police was struck from behind, independent autopsy shows© Emantic Bradford Sr via AP Image: Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford,Jr

Defense attorney: Alabama mall shooting suspect not guilty.
An attorney is challenging the charge against a man jailed in a Thanksgiving day shooting that took place just before police killed another man at an Alabama mall. Charles Salvagio represents 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown. The Bessemer man is charged with attempted murder in a shooting that wounded a teenager at a mall near Birmingham. Salvagio said Tuesday that Brown is not guilty. Police blame Brown for a shooting they initially pinned on a black man who was shot and killed.

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