FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department reported that a shootout occurred when officers executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence in Fairfield Thursday afternoon.
The Birmingham Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, along with officers from the Tactical Operations Precinct, went to a residence on the 5300 block of Acadia Terrace to execute a narcotics search.
Upon arrival, officers were immediately confronted with gunfire from an armed suspect. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect.
Lifesaving medical aid was administered to the suspect prior to the arrival of Birmingham Fire and Rescue. The suspect was transported to UAB Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Neighbors down the street say they heard several gunshots Thursday afternoon.
“It was kind of terrifying for me,” Sharon Creagh said.
Creagh says her grandchildren were playing outside when everything happened.
“They all came running in the house. My four little grandkids came running in. And they say Grandma! Grandma! There’s some guys out there with black outfits on, like ninja’s, and they’re shooting,” Creagh said.
She didn’t hear an argument or who shot first.
“And by the time I got to the door, I mean, there was police all over the place,” Creagh said.
BPD says no officers were injured in the shooting. Chief Smith says officers have to be prepared for anything that comes their way.
“Well, every situation comes with factors that are unknown,” Chief Smith said.
And after everything nationwide with law enforcement, Creagh hopes her community can heal.
“I just wish that….it didn’t have to happen,” Creagh said.
Chief Smith told CBS 42 Thursday afternoon to his knowledge, he isn’t sure if there is body camera video. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation will be the lead investigative agency for this case. Stay with CBS 42 as this is a developing story.