Mall shooting suspect apprehended days after police shoot and kill wrong man: Officials

first_imgJeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) — A 20-year-old man has been apprehended in connection with a Thanksgiving shooting incident that turned deadly at a shopping mall in Hoover, Alabama.The initial shooting, which injured two people, set off a chain reaction in which a police officer shot and killed a man whose family claims was just trying to help calm the chaos, authorities said Thursday.Erron Martez Dequan Brown was taken into custody in Fairburn, Georgia, Thursday morning for the attempted murder of 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson in a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria mall, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.That shooting — in which Wilson and a 12-year-old bystander were injured — also led to the fatal police-involved shooting of 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, according to authorities.Bradford, who was armed, was shot by police after another man, first suspected to be Bradford but now believed to be Brown, and the 18-year-old got into a physical altercation, Hoover police said.Authorities initially said they believed Bradford pulled out a gun and shot and injured the 18-year-old.In the moments following the shooting, as Hoover police responded and worked to secure the scene, Bradford, who had a gun in his hand, was shot and killed by an officer, authorities said.However, police later said Bradford did not fire his gun in that initial altercation with the teen and that the suspected gunman was actually at-large.“They killed him for no reason at all. He wasn’t the shooter,” Bradford’s aunt, Catherine Jewell, told reporters Saturday. “He was a great guy, he was very respectable…They did him wrong.”Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis and a city councilman have met with Bradford’s family, expressing “their sincerest condolences and prayers,” the city said in a statement. “Chief Derzis acknowledged and apologized for the issuance of an inaccurate public statement in the wake of this tragedy that implied that Mr. Bradford was the suspected shooter.”The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is leading the ongoing investigation.Before Thursday’s arrest was announced, Hoover City Councilman Derrick Murphy told reporters he has requested the ALEA release information on the case to the public by noon on Monday.“Mayor Frank Bracato, Chief Derzis and my fellow council members are all in full support of this request,” said Murphy.He said if ALEA does not comply with the request, Derzis will decided whether to “release the limited information on his own.”Community members and members of Bradford’s family have accused the police department of attempting to cover up in the incident, and have demanded the police department release police body-cam footage and surveillance video from the mall that captured the initial shooting as well as the officer-involved shooting of Bradford, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.“We want to and are committed to getting to the truth and getting it right,” Bracato said at the news conference. “I’ve also taken time to talk to the members of the Hoover City Council, the chief of police and others to address serious issues that has caused tension in our country and now in our community.State investigators asked for patience in a statement Thursday, saying, “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.”Once Brown is extradited from Georgia he will be booked into the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham on a $150,000 bond, authorities said. More charges are expected later in the investigation, authorities added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) — A 20-year-old man has been apprehended in connection with a Thanksgiving shooting incident that turned deadly at a shopping mall in Hoover, Alabama.The initial shooting, which injured two people, set off a chain reaction in which a police officer shot and killed a man whose family claims was just trying to help calm the chaos, authorities said Thursday.Erron Martez Dequan Brown was taken into custody in Fairburn, Georgia, Thursday morning for the attempted murder of 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson in a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria mall, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.That shooting — in which Wilson and a 12-year-old bystander were injured — also led to the fatal police-involved shooting of 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, according to authorities.Bradford, who was armed, was shot by police after another man, first suspected to be Bradford but now believed to be Brown, and the 18-year-old got into a physical altercation, Hoover police said.Authorities initially said they believed Bradford pulled out a gun and shot and injured the 18-year-old.In the moments following the shooting, as Hoover police responded and worked to secure the scene, Bradford, who had a gun in his hand, was shot and killed by an officer, authorities said.However, police later said Bradford did not fire his gun in that initial altercation with the teen and that the suspected gunman was actually at-large.“They killed him for no reason at all. He wasn’t the shooter,” Bradford’s aunt, Catherine Jewell, told reporters Saturday. “He was a great guy, he was very respectable…They did him wrong.”Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis and a city councilman have met with Bradford’s family, expressing “their sincerest condolences and prayers,” the city said in a statement. “Chief Derzis acknowledged and apologized for the issuance of an inaccurate public statement in the wake of this tragedy that implied that Mr. Bradford was the suspected shooter.”The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is leading the ongoing investigation.Before Thursday’s arrest was announced, Hoover City Councilman Derrick Murphy told reporters he has requested the ALEA release information on the case to the public by noon on Monday.“Mayor Frank Bracato, Chief Derzis and my fellow council members are all in full support of this request,” said Murphy.He said if ALEA does not comply with the request, Derzis will decided whether to “release the limited information on his own.”Community members and members of Bradford’s family have accused the police department of attempting to cover up in the incident, and have demanded the police department release police body-cam footage and surveillance video from the mall that captured the initial shooting as well as the officer-involved shooting of Bradford, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.“We want to and are committed to getting to the truth and getting it right,” Bracato said at the news conference. “I’ve also taken time to talk to the members of the Hoover City Council, the chief of police and others to address serious issues that has caused tension in our country and now in our community.State investigators asked for patience in a statement Thursday, saying, “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.”Once Brown is extradited from Georgia he will be booked into the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham on a $150,000 bond, authorities said. More charges are expected later in the investigation, authorities added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

first_imgA government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.The report expected to be published this July by The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN); however a date has not yet been confirmed.The meeting will be held on 17 June at Skipton House. Since the draft report was published, the committee have since been making amendments in accordance to responses from a consultation on the report.The report aims to provide clarification of the relationship between dietary carbohydrates and health and make public health recommendations.This comes after the director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) published an open letter to the NHS complaining of its “demonisation” of sugar.Ian Wright wrote the letter in response to Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, following his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show and interview in The Times this week. Wright said he supported the aim to tackle obesity, he argued that it is unfair to characterise an everyday ingredient such as sugar as “poison”.last_img read more

Barnett’s rolls out delivery service amid Covid-19

first_imgScottish business Barnett’s Bakery has launched a delivery service and ‘bake off’ competition to help its local community.The bakery began the service by offering free deliveries for vulnerable and elderly consumers in Anstruther, ordering extra contactless card readers to accept payments and to help keep staff and customers safe.It has since extended deliveries to all local customers, in addition to the vulnerable.“We’ve continued to work closely with our wholesale customers who are also providing vital services within their local communities too, from Kirkcaldy to St Andrews to Dundee. Baking is a passion and that keeps us going at a time like this,” said Mhorag Barnett, owner of Barnett’s Bakery.“We wanted to do so much more so we have also been donating bakery goods to Cupar Children and Families Social Work Team to help feed local families during this time of crisis. They’re able to choose from a selection of breads, savouries and cakes.”Barnett’s has also maintained essential items in its shops, as well as extra cupcakes and cream cakes, which are being restocked daily.To help combat the flour shortage in supermarkets, the bakery has divided supplies into 1kg bags to sell three types of flour, dried yeast and jars of sourdough starter.Barnett’s is also running The Great Barnett’s Bake Off competition via Facebook and Instagram for consumers who have been baking with their ingredients. Categories include: Most Creative, Best Looking, Most Colourful and the Biggest.last_img read more