By | January 15, 2024

Man Injured in Gunfire Exchange with Police Identified

Authorities have released the name of the man who was injured in an exchange of gunfire with police in Pleasant Grove. The incident also left a police officer wounded. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has identified the man as Joshua A. Slate, a 38-year-old resident of Adamsville.

Disturbing the Peace Report Leads to Gunfire

Pleasant Grove police received a report of someone disturbing the peace in the 400 block of Fifth Way around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Responding to the call, officers encountered Joshua A. Slate, who was armed and appeared to be in an altered mental state, according to Police Chief Danny Reid.

Exchange of Gunfire Leaves Both Man and Officer Injured

An exchange of gunfire ensued, resulting in injuries to both Slate and the unidentified police officer. Both individuals were transported to UAB Hospital for treatment. Slate remains in the hospital, and the extent of his injuries has not yet been disclosed. However, the officer has been treated and discharged.

State Bureau of Investigation Leading the Probe

The State Bureau of Investigation, a division of ALEA, is currently leading the investigation into the incident. Senior Trooper Brandon Bailey stated that once the investigation is concluded, the findings will be handed over to the Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney’s Office.

The details surrounding the altercation are still being pieced together, and the motive behind Slate’s actions remains unknown. As the investigation unfolds, authorities are working diligently to gather all necessary evidence and statements to determine the exact sequence of events that led to the gunfire exchange.

This incident serves as a reminder of the risks and challenges faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty. It highlights the unpredictable nature of police work and the bravery exhibited by officers who put their lives on the line to protect the community.

As the investigation progresses, updates will be provided regarding the condition of Joshua A. Slate and any further developments in the case. The law enforcement community and the public eagerly await a resolution to this unfortunate incident.

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