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A Hoover police officer was shot multiple times in a standoff at an apartment complex on Sunday morning.

At approximately 11:25 a.m. on Sunday, a motorist reported to the Hoover Police Department (HPD) that multiple shots were fired at his vehicle. The motorist gave the police information about the suspect’s vehicle, and they located him at The Hills at Hoover apartment complex. 

According to police, the suspect opened fire and struck one HPD officer multiple times in both arms. 

Other HPD officers engaged in a multi-hour negotiation with the suspect until he exited the apartment building and was taken into custody. 

According to reports, some residents were evacuated from the apartment complex during that time. Police asked others to shelter in place.

The officer who suffered the gunshot wounds was transported to UAB hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been released. 

HPD said the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was contacted to conduct an investigation. This is standard procedure for any incident when an officer discharges their weapons. 

Because ALEA is now handling the investigation, HPD said that all further information about the shooting will be released at the state level.

In a Facebook post on Sunday night, HPD thanked the responding agencies and the residents of The Hills at Hoover for their cooperation and understanding.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said he visited with the injured officer and his family while he was at UAB and was relieved that the injuries were not critical.

“Today’s shooting is indicative of the challenges that law enforcement officers face daily in our communities, and we are all very fortunate that this incident did not have a tragic outcome,” Brocato said.

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