Altercation involving ‘edged weapon’ leads to officer-involved shooting at Jefferson State

Altercation involving ‘edged weapon’ leads to officer-involved shooting at Jefferson State
(Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police confirm a person was shot Wednesday morning by a law enforcement officer at Jefferson State Community College.

Lt. Jon Riley says the individual who was shot threatened police with a “edged weapon” prior to the shooting.

The individual rode a MAX bus to the Jefferson campus, which is located on Carson Road in northeast Jefferson County. This person has been transported to a trauma center with injuries not believed to be life threatening, Lt. Riley said.

The investigation has been turned over to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation. Details of the incident will be released at a later date.

Officials at Jefferson State issued the following statement about the incident:

Jefferson State Community College’s top priority is to provide a safe learning environment for our students and a safe working environment for our employees.

On the morning of May 8, Jefferson State had an officer-involved shooting on our Jefferson Campus. We have a fully-trained police department, who immediately responded to the incident and contained the threat to ensure the safety of our campus. We also successfully implemented our emergency communication and response measures to protect our students and faculty.

We are grateful to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation, the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County for their prompt assistance. A Jefferson State police officer has been treated and released from a local hospital for minor injuries.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is now handling the investigation of this incident. Jefferson State will respect the integrity of the Bureau’s investigation and fully cooperate in every way. Additional details of the incident will be released at the appropriate time by SBI.

Counselors will be available tomorrow on the Jefferson Campus in George Wallace Hall, room 115 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for anyone needing services.

Jefferson State has resumed normal operations and summer classes are ongoing.

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