Teen Shot by Alabama Cop Identified
Alabama officials are investigating after a Mobile Police officer fatally wounded a 19-year-old male during a traffic stop on Monday evening.
Michael Moore was killed just before 6:30 p.m. He was shot several times in a driveway on Wagner Street in Toulminville. Officials say an officer saw a vehicle with Moore and two passengers commit a traffic violation in the area of Stanton Road at Wagner Street. They say Moore cut off another vehicle.
When pulled over, the officer discovered that Moore did not have a driver’s license. The officer then asked him to step out of the vehicle. Police say once out of the car, there was a confrontation and the officer noticed Moore had a handgun on him.
“The officer drew his duty weapon and fired striking Moore four times,” Fox 10 reports after speaking with police. Officers later recovered a semi-automatic 40-caliber Smith and Wesson at the scene.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson released the following statement regarding the shooting:
“Last night, a Mobile Police officer was involved in a fatal shooting just before 7 p.m. First and foremost, our prayers and condolences are with the family of Mike Moore. Any time a life is lost it is a tragedy. The incident is under investigation by the Mobile Police Department. We have called upon the FBI to run a parallel investigation with the MPD. I have complete confidence that the investigation will reveal the facts. I expect that this process will be as transparent as is legally possible. We ask for prayer and patience until the full facts are revealed.”
Witnesses say they don’t think the officer should have shot Moore, and they are demanding answers.
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