December 16, 2012

Suspects fatally shot after Alabama shooting incidents

The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Police in Alabama fatally shot two suspects Saturday after separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart that left several others wounded.

Authorities said Jason Letts, 38, of Jemison opened fire early Saturday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer.

Police were sent to the hospital around 4 a.m. to check on a report of an armed man there. Two officers who arrived separately converged on the suspect on the hospital's fifth floor.

"When the officer encountered the suspect, there was immediate gunfire from the suspect," Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said.

In a separate incident, police officers in eastern Alabama shot an assailant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle toward the end of a pursuit that left several people injured, authorities said.

The pursuit began after a shooting in Cleburne County, Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens told The Anniston Star.

Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said a woman and two children were shot, but he did not know their conditions.

Around noon, the chase reached a busy retail district. Owens said the suspect fired at law-enforcement officers, injuring a Heflin police officer.

Officials said the suspect then forced his way into a Nissan at an intersection, although the occupants were able to escape.

Police caught up with the assailant around 1 p.m. in nearby Coldwater. Partridge said two Oxford police SWAT team members fatally shot the suspect.


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