Police said a Birmingham Police Department (BPD) officer shot an armed man on Saturday while responding to a call on the city's west side.

Two officers of the West Precinct arrived at an apartment on the 2400 Block of 30th Street Ensley after a father reported his 23-year-old son was there and was armed following a disagreement.

According to the BPD media relations officer Truman Fitzgerald, the officers tried to de-escalate the situation by speaking to the son, but the son entered the back bedroom and returned with a gun pointed at one of the officers. 

Fitzgerald said one of the officers fired his own gun and struck the son.

According to Fitzgerald, the officers called Birmingham Fire and Rescue (BFR) immediately. BFR transported the son to UAB Hospital. He had life-threatening injuries.

Fitzgerald said the father and the officers were uninjured.

The BPD Command Staff requested the State Bureau Investigation, who will lead the investigation into this incident.

Fitzgerald assured that both officers activated their body cameras before the incident began. 

Both officers will remain out of service until the investigation is complete and presented to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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