Birmingham PD: Shooting suspect commits suicide during standoff

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Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 6:59 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Birmingham PD says a suspect wanted in a shooting Wednesday evening took his own life during the standoff situation that followed.

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old George Anthony Dowdell of Birmingham.

ORIGINAL: Birmingham Police are investigating after they say a shooting suspect fled a scene Wednesday evening barricading himself in an apartment before firing at officers. Officers are currently in a standoff with the suspect.

Birmingham police officers responded to the 500 block of Brussels Circle just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived, they found a female suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the foot. That victim is expected to be OK.

Officers say while at the location, they saw a suspect in the shooting flee on foot, barricading himself inside an apartment nearby.

While barricaded in that apartment, police say the suspect fired shots at police. No officers were injured.

Police officers say a perimeter has been set up at the scene and they’re asking folks to avoid the 500 and 600 blocks of Brussels Circle at this time.

We’re told there is currently no threat to the community and they hope the suspect surrenders peacefully.

No specific word on what happened, but they say it may have stemmed from a domestic situation.

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