Man charged with firing at Hoover police, damaging 30 vehicles held without bond

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

UPDATE: HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) –A man who allegedly fired shots at Hoover police and damaged 30 vehicles has been arrested and charged according to the Hoover Police Department.

Bradley Hunter Smith, 30, was arrested at approximately 2:23 a.m. Monday on the golf course of the Hoover Country Club and is charged with attempted murder and criminal mischief of the first degree.

Prior to his arrest, Smith had been seen stabbing tires of police vehicles and privately owned vehicles with a knife in the parking lot of the Hoover Police Operations center Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. When a group of officers attempted to make contact with him, Smith, who was armed with a gun in addition to the knife, fired two shots in their direction according to the officers. They did not return fire, and no one sustained injuries.

Smith then fled towards Hendrick’s Auto Mall, and outside agencies helped HPD establish a perimeter for a search in the Green Valley/Star Lake area. Hunter was located at HCC and peacefully surrendered. He was taken into custody by the Hoover Special Response Team without incident and transported to the Hoover City Jail where investigators interviewed him.

Smith is being held on no bond will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail Monday.

ORIGINAL: A suspect who Hoover Police claimed opened fire on officers was taken into custody late Sunday night.

Police said that at 7:30 p.m., an officer saw a man in the parking lot of the operations center stabbing tires. Police said that the officer tried to contact the man, but the man fired two shots at the officer.

Residents were advised to shelter in place and avoid the area as police searched for the suspect. Authorities said that the suspect is a white male in his 30s wearing khaki shorts.

Police said that at least 20 police cars were damaged with flat tires.

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