Bond set for man accused of shooting at Mobile Police

Mobile County

UPDATE (8/13 7:45 a.m.) — Bond has been set at $45,000 for Johnny Vail. He’s currently charged with Receiving Stolen Property and 14 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument. Police have said additional attempted murder charges could be coming for Vail.

Johnny Vail

UPDATE (10:50 a.m.) — The second suspect involved in last night’s shooting involving Mobile Police was 20-year-old Andrew Lee Mitchell, according to police.

Andrew Lee Mitchell

UPDATE (4:15 a.m.) — Johnny Vail was booked into Mobile Metro Jail just after 3:30 a.m. He is wearing his hospital gown in his mugshot. He’s charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Certain Persons Forbidden from Carrying a Pistol, and 14 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument. Police say additional charges of Attempted Murder could be coming.

Johnny Vail

UPDATE (8:26 p.m.) — Public Safety Director James Barber says two handguns were recovered from the barricade scene. It is unknown if the guns were stolen. Police continue to investigate.

UPDATE (7:15 p.m.) — Police have two suspects in custody in the barricade situation at RV Taylor. The second suspect is now being evaluated by Mobile Fire-Rescue crews. The first, a 20-year-old male, was already transported to the hospital.

Public Safety Director James Barber tells News 5 the barricade situation started when narcotics officers attempted a drug stop. He says the suspects fired at police, and an officer returned fire. Barber says they resolved the situation peacefully, first contacting the barricaded suspect’s close friends to communicate with the suspect.

Barber says no shots were fired once the suspect barricaded himself into the home on S. Ann Street. Both suspects are expected to recover.

No police were injured during the standoff.

Barber said the suspects would likely face attempted murder charges.

UPDATE (7:00 P.M.) – Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says the barricaded suspect is Johnny Vail. A second suspect was shot and transported to University Hospital. The chief says shots were fired at officers, and one officer returned fire. No officers have been injured.

The chief said Vail was involved in the 2015 Christmas shooting at the Wynnsong Theater on Schillinger Road, which is now the AMC.

Johnny Vail booking photo from June 2017


MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — There is a large police presence in the RV Taylor community on South Ann Street for a possible barricade situation. Police have surrounded a unit in the cul-de-sac off Ann Street.

Witnesses on the scene say they heard shots fired and shortly after, police arrived. Police told them to get across the street and to get somewhere safe.

Mobile Fire-Rescue says a 20-year-old man was shot. MFRD says he was treated for a life-threatening injury.

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