Confrontation Over Alleged Stolen Vehicle Leads to Highway Shootout in Birmingham, Alabama

Police respond to a shooting on Interstate 59 in Birmingham, Alabama.

In Birmingham, Alabama, a highway shootout on Friday afternoon left four individuals injured. The incident, which unfolded around 4:40 p.m. local time on Interstate 59 near the 20th Street Ensley exit, is believed to have originated from a dispute over a vehicle claimed to be stolen.

Birmingham police have taken a woman into custody, who is presently regarded as a person of interest in the case. Officer Truman Fitzgerald of the Birmingham Police Department provided details during a press briefing, explaining that the clash began when a group identified their purportedly stolen vehicle and decided to pursue it.

“This party saw their possible stolen vehicle and confronted the group in it. A shootout ensued between both parties,” Fitzgerald stated. He confirmed that four men were involved in the incident and were all shot, with no bystanders harmed. Two of the injured men, traveling in the vehicle in question, were found by responding officers at the scene with serious injuries. They were transported to UAB Hospital by Birmingham Fire & Rescue. The other two victims, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, self-transported to the same hospital.

All four victims are currently considered suspects, though their ages have not been disclosed. The woman in custody is believed to have been part of the group that initiated the confrontation. The number of shots fired in the incident remains unclear, but Officer Fitzgerald described it as “a large shootout.”

Fitzgerald highlighted that both involved parties are believed to have come to Birmingham from a neighboring city, which he did not name at the time. The investigation has led to the indefinite closure of the interstate, causing traffic rerouting.

In his remarks, Fitzgerald criticized the actions leading to the shootout, emphasizing the importance of contacting law enforcement in such situations. “If this was the case that this party saw their possible stolen vehicle, all they had to do was call 911,” he said. “That’s why we put on that uniform and that bullet-proof vest, to be put in those situations. But here you have someone that possibly took it upon themselves to confront a group, and now here you have a shootout on the interstate at 4:40 p.m.”

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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