Police Kill 21 Year Old Military Officer While He Tries To Stop Mall Shooting

A man shot and killed by police in an Alabama mall on Friday was likely not the suspect who had just shot two other people in the shopping plaza, according to local reports.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21, was running away from the scene of the shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover at about 10 p.m. when he was fatally shot by police.

Bradford had a handgun and was involved in the altercation that led to the shooting of a 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man, but he likely was not the person who fired the rounds that struck the victims, AL.com reported.

“New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim,” Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told the newspaper.

Bradford was running away from the shooting while holding a handgun, according to the report. He was shot after being confronted by responding police officers.

Police previously told reporters that Bradford was the suspected shooter of the two victims. They walked that claim back Friday evening, saying the investigation determined otherwise.

“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,’’ Rector said. “We remain committed to maintaining the integrity of this investigation, helping determine the facts involved … “

Bradford’s family have not publicly commented on his death.