Hoover police officer justified in fatal Thanksgiving Galleria mall shooting, AG rules

al.com | 2/5/2019 | Staff

A Hoover police officer was justified in fatally shooting Emantic Fitzgerald “EJ” Bradford Jr. Thanksgiving night inside the Riverchase Galleria, state officials announced today.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall today shared a report following a more than two-month investigation into 21-year-old Bradford’s death.

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The report also detailed the investigation into the gunfire inside the mall that injured 18-year-old Brian Wilson and 12-year-old bystander Molly Davis moments before Hoover police killed Bradford. Erron Brown, 20, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Wilson.

Marshall today also released this video of the incident:

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Marshall’s options were to clear the officer, charge the officer or send the case to a grand jury for indictment consideration.

The investigation was led by the State Bureau of Investigation and involved dozens of witnesses and hundreds of pieces of evidence, including multiple cell phone videos taken by shoppers, mall surveillance video, body cam video, text messages and Facebook posts.

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Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office met with members of the Bradford family and their lawyers at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham Tuesday morning. They arrived at the downtown building just before 11 a.m.

The report identifies the Hoover officer who killed Bradford as “Officer 1.”

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Hoover police have not released the officer’s name and his attorney told AL.com neither he nor the officer will be releasing any statement about the shooting.

The city of Hoover will release a response to Marshall’s report on Wednesday, according to city spokeswoman Melanie Posey.

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“After an extensive investigation and review, the Attorney General has determined Officer 1 did not commit a crime under Alabama law when he shot and killed E.J. Bradford and thus the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct preclude presentation of this case to a grand jury,” Marshall’s report states.

“The facts of this case demonstrate that Officer 1 reasonably exercised his official powers, duties, or functions...
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