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The changing police narrative on Emantic Bradford's shooting death



First, they said a 21-year-old suspect shot and wounded two other people. Then they said Emantic Bradford did not pull the trigger, but fired a gun. Bradford did not necessarily do that, either.

All the while, the real assailant who opened fire at the mall is still on the loose.

Hoover police report on a Thursday night at Riverchase Galleria Mall, at upscale mall south of Birmingham.

Friday morning
Police say the suspect is killed

Police said they were in the middle of the house, and that they were shot twice.

 Hoover PD clarifies report on & # 39; brandished & # 39; gun

Two uniformed hoover officers at the mall were nearby, police said.

"While moving towards the shooting scene, one of the officers faces a suspect fire a pistol and shot him,

They identified the slain suspect as a 21-year-old from nearby Hueytown.

The other man who was shot at the mall and a 12-year old girl struck by a stray bullet both survived.

Friday night
Police say Bradford, Jr. Bradford Jr. Bradford Jr. "and an officer shot him.

But Bradford probably was not the gunman who shot and wounded at 18-year-old man at the mall, police said. They said the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is now taking the lead on the investigation.

"Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he did not fire the 18-year-old victim," Hoover police posted on Facebook.

"Investigators now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation 12-year-old female, "police said.

"We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not."

Monday morning
Policy: 'Bradford burnished a gun'

Four days after the shooting, Hoover police and the city of Hoover offered their condolences to Bradford's Bradford brandished a gun.

 Bradford had a legal gun permit

"We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during the Hoover Police efforts to secure the scene following the original altercation and shooting," a joint statement from the city and police department said.

"Mr. Bradford burned out a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly arouses the sense of threat to approaching the police officers responding to the chaotic scene."

Bradford's parents said they had a permit to carry a weapon.

Hoover police said the officers' footage is now in the hands of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. It's not clear if or when the ALEA wants to release that footage to the public.

Meanwhile, Bradford's parents are told CNN they are distraught that they have not reached out to them, almost four days after their son was killed by an officer.

"Nobody has responded," said Bradford's father, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Sr. "We have not had any calls and no apology."

Later Monday morning
Bradford did not just fire up a gun

Hoover said he had a gun in his hand:

"Earlier, we stated Mr. Bradford 'brandished' a gun. To clarify, the word 'brandish' was used because Mr. Bradford had a gun in his hand as he was sent to the police.

But to "brandish" – by definition – means to wave or show a weapon in an aggressive or menacing way.

Bradford was actually trying to help people to safety when he was shot, said his family's attorney, Ben Crump.

Crump also said Bradford had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Monday evening
The Shooter is still out there

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said he was in a hurry to investigate the shooting.

So he said the city is in the process of requesting a meeting with the Bradford family.

The Mayor and Hoover have tried to determine what happened. The police department has referred CNN's questions to the ALEA.

But Crump said the Bradford family's patience is wearing thin.

"Show us the video." Her words mean nothing to them, "Crump said Monday.

Crump said he "EJ" – one of Bradford's nicknames – rushed to judgment.

"(CNN's Jamiel Lynch, Hollie Silverman and Joe Sutton contributed to this report ,


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