HOOVER, Ala. -- Authorities have captured the person they believe fired that shots that injured two people and led to the deadly officer-involved shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr in the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, of Bessemer was arrested and is being charged with the attempted murder of Brian Xavier Wilson, 18, of Birmingham, ALEA says
Agents with ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and Georgia Bureau of Investigation, took Brown into custody at approximately 9 a.m. CST in Fairburn, Ga., on Thursday.
The investigation is ongoing, including the officer-involved shooting from the same evening and location, ALEA says.
The agency reports the cooperation of the Hoover Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has aided in the investigation and the expediency of identifying Brown and effecting his arrest.
An ALEA news release states: "The SBI is also grateful for the patience shown by the City of Hoover in this process. It is highly likely that prematurely releasing information, including video evidence, would have hampered the investigation’s progress thus far, even to the point of deterring key witnesses. As other witnesses continue to come forward, it is imperative for the integrity of the investigation that SBI continue to keep confidential information Agents obtain. SBI continues to ask for the public’s and City of Hoover’s support by being patient, allowing the judicial process to proceed in the manner provided under our country’s and state’s system of justice."
SBI Director John Q. Hamm stated, “SBI will continue to work efficiently, thoroughly and impartially to bring all relevant facts to light to provide the DA with the most accurate facts and evidence possible in this case. This is not just SBI’s commitment to the people of Hoover and Jefferson County, but SBI’s commitment to the citizens of Alabama in all investigations SBI undertakes.”
Once Brown’s extradition from Georgia has been affirmed, Brown will be booked into the Jefferson County Jail, Birmingham, under a $150,000 bond. Additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses. Once Agents have completed the investigation, the file in its entirety will be turned over to the Tenth Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
In a news conference Thursday morning, a city councilman in Hoover called on ALEA to release information and any video from the fatal police shooting at the mall.
Hoover City Councilman Derrick Murphy today asked ALEA to release information and/or video from the incident by noon on Monday.
If ALEA does not agree to the request, Murphy said during the news conference, Hoover's police chief, Nick Derzis, should consider releasing information that would not hinder the investigation.
ALEA -- the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency -- is leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Police have said Bradford, who was armed, was mistakenly shot by a Hoover police officer while officers were responding to a shooting at the mall. A shooter wounded two people at the mall prior to the officer-involved shooting, police have said.