Autopsy: Victim in Alabama police shooting struck times in back side


In this still image taken from video, April Pipkins holds a photograph of her deceased son, Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Bradford was shot to death by a police officer in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, and Pipkins said she believes her son would […]

(AP) – Relatives of a black man shot to death on Thanksgiving by an Alabama police officer have a released a forensic exam showing he was hit by three bullets to the back side of his body.

The report released Monday by a lawyer for the dead man’s family says Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. was struck by one gunshot that entered the rear of his skull. The report says Bradford also was shot once in the back of the neck and a third time in the lower back.
Family attorney Ben Crump says any of the three shots could have killed the 21-year-old. The family hired a forensic pathologist to review the evidence as the state’s investigation continues.
A Hoover officer shot Bradford in a suburban mall on Thanksgiving night.

Meanwhile, police say they won’t release officer video or other evidence about the killing until the state investigation is complete.
Hoover police repeated Monday that state investigators are concerned the investigation could be jeopardized if information is released.
Police initially described Bradford as the mall gunman.
They later said they were wrong, but said Bradford’s appearance with a handgun moments after the shooting increased the threat level for officers.

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