WEEK ONE UPDATE: City of Hoover and Hoover Police dept. officer involved shooting

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HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The following update is from the City of Hoover:

RELATED: City of Hoover and Hoover Police Department joint statement on officer involved shooting on Thursday

WEEK ONE UPDATE
Monday, November 26, 2018, 10:30 a.m. (delayed) U.S. Central Time

JOINT STATEMENT
CITY OF HOOVER, ALABAMA AND THE HOOVER, ALABAMA POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING ON NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Consistent with our message from earlier this morning, the following statement (“Week One Update”) serves as the initial weekly (at minimum) media update to be issued each Monday by 10:30 a.m. Central time. This weekly update will occur as necessary to maintain transparency of the ongoing investigation following the officer-involved shooting in Hoover last Thursday (Thanksgiving evening), November 22.

The initial shooter is still at large and law enforcement is working diligently to apprehend this individual. We encourage anyone with information to contact law enforcement immediately. 
All involved law enforcement entities, under the leadership and direction of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), are at this moment actively meeting, communicating and complying with ALEA and the entire investigation team.


We would like to answer some media questions concerning our earlier statements in reference to the shooting victim, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown. Earlier, we stated that Mr. Bradford “brandished” a gun. To clarify, the word “brandish” was used because Mr. Bradford had a gun in his hand as police officers responded to the active shooter situation between mall patrons. 
We are deeply and sincerely sympathetic to Mr. Bradford’s grieving family and all of those affected by this incident. We all want answers and we believe that with patience and focus, the truth will be firmly established.


We want everyone who lives in, works in, works for, or visits Hoover to know that we are a city that puts safety and respect in the highest regard for all citizens. We will be transparent throughout the course of this investigation. 


As stated earlier today, we continue to support ALEA in its investigation of last Thursday’s tragic events, including pursuing the initial shooter who still remains at large. We have certain information about this individual and ask the public to provide ALEA with any available details that may hasten an arrest.

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CONTACT: news@hooveralabama.gov 
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