Suspect shot by Birmingham police after reportedly gaining control of officer’s taser identified

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office have released the identify of the man who attempted to

Armonda Contreras, 43 of Pinson, was shot and killed by Birmingham police after he attempted to take control of an officers taser at a restaurant on the 8500 block of 1st Avenue North in Birmingham Sunday night.

No other information has been released at this time.

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ORIGINAL: The Birmingham Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting on 1st Avenue North Monday night that left one person in life-threatening condition.

According to BPD Sgt. Rod Mauldin, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop around 7 p.m. after seeing a car being driven erratically down the wrong side of the road. The suspect failed to pull over and led officers on a chase until they arrived in the 8500 block of 1st Avenue North.

The suspect then left the vehicle behind and entered a restaurant nearby. Officers were told by someone inside the restaurant that the suspect had armed themselves with a glass bottle, according to BPD.

Officers entered the restaurant and were then met with objects being thrown at them. They then attempted to deploy their tasers at the suspect but to no avail. Hand-to-hand techniques were then used by the officers to try and subdue the suspect, Sgt. Mauldin said.

It was at that time the suspect reportedly was able to grab one of the officer’s tasers. That is when the officers fired their guns at the suspect, striking and injuring them. The suspect suffered life-threatening injuries and has been transported to UAB Hospital for treatment.

None of the officers involved were injured in the incident. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigations has taken over the investigation.

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