Attorney: Independent autopsy reveals EJ Bradford was shot from behind 3 times

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HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — After the family of EJ Bradford Monday released the results of an independent autopsy into the fatal shooting of their son by a Hoover police officer on Thanksgiving night in the Riverchase Galleria, the City of Hoover is calling for them to submit it to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency so it becomes part of the official investigation. 

Bradford’s family and attorney Ben Crump held a press conference Monday to reveal the results of their independently commissioned autopsy. They say it revealed EJ was shot three times, and that all bullets entered from the back.

“This review conclusively documents that EJ was shot three times and that all shots entered his body from the back,” attorney Ben Crump said. Crump said the results show EJ did not pose a threat to the officer who shot him, “since EJ was moving away from him.”

“If anything, the evidence corroborates the testimony of multiple witnesses who said EJ was trying to help others,” Crump continued. “The findings are devastating and heartbreaking to EJ’s family, compounding the shattering impact of this unnecessary and unwarranted killing. The sooner all the evidence, including all videos and the local medical examiner’s autopsy, is released, the better.”

The City of Hoover released this statement after the results of the independent autopsy were released Monday:

We encourage Attorney Benjamin Crump and the Bradford family to submit the Preliminary Anatomical Review to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) so this new information becomes a part of the official investigation.   

We couldn’t agree more with Attorney Crump’s call for a thorough and complete investigation and for witnesses to come forward to assist in the search for the truth.  We also agree with his call to refrain from speculation until the investigation is completed. Our sympathies are with the Bradford family as they, the community, and the City of Hoover, await ALEA’s complete investigation.  

To ensure the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we’re continuing to respect ALEA’s request to not release any further information. 

We want everyone who lives in, works in or visits Hoover to know that we are committed to the safety of our city, to healing from these tragic events and to the transparency of the ongoing investigation.

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