Two Birmingham police officers were seriously injured in an apparently intentional wreck with two homicide suspects Friday night.
Police say officers were working a homicide scene at 17th Street and Jefferson Avenue, when units in the area spotted the possible suspect vehicle. Officers confirmed that it was in fact the suspects and a pursuit began. Another patrol car was waiting at the intersection of 18th and Grant.
The suspects’ vehicle made its way to that area and collided with the patrol car sitting at 18th and Grant. According to a source, the two officers were T-boned by a suspect fleeing the deadly shooting.
The initial report came in just before 10 p.m. as a call of “officers down” in the 1800 block of Grant Avenue Southwest. Two Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service teams responded to the scene to transport the officers to the hospital.
One of the officers was a rookie, and the other his field training officer. They were briefly trapped in their crashed vehicle. Rescue workers mapped out their transport route and a team of police officers blocked the intersections between Grant Avenue and UAB Hospital for fast transport.
As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said both officers were in stable condition and speaking. The two suspects were at Birmingham police headquarters undergoing questioning.
The homicide happened about 9:15 p.m. when officers said someone shot into the a car, causing the driver to crash into a home in the 1700 block of Jefferson Avenue .
The driver was found dead from the gunshot wounds. Another vehicle was shot into, but that driver was not injured. Police have not yet released the name of the homicide victim, the city’s 50th so far in 2017.
“These two suspects weren’t satisfied with the homicide but it appears they intentionally drove their vehicle into the patrol car injuring these officers,” said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. “We are so thankful these officers survived this horrible collision.”