UPDATE (8:29 p.m.)
Prichard Police released a statement Tuesday evening;
“In a collective investigative effort, Prichard PD, MCSO, & MPD Traffic Division, are working towards getting answers to an ongoing investigation involving an accident where a Prichard officer was struck by another officer’s patrol vehicle while attempting to assist in the apprehension of a fleeing suspect. The fleeing suspect was subsequently killed in this incident, due to being struck by the patrol vehicle in the same manner as the officer. Because this is an officer related incident involving injuries and the fatality of another individual, investigators want to be sure that they conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that everything is handled properly.
Although it is regretful that an individual lost their life in the outcome of this incident, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to both families during this sorrowful and trying time. This may prove to be a lengthy investigation, so we do ask that the family of the decedent be patient with us as we seek to work diligently to bring closure to this investigation.
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If you would like more information about this topic, or have any questions, please contact Lt. Robert Martin at
UPDATE (11:14 a.m.)
UNEDITED PRESS RELEASE:
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at approximately 1:30 am, Prichard Police contacted us to assist with a traffic fatality involving a suspect. Mobile Police Department is handling the traffic investigation.
Prichard Officer SIMEON BEESON attempted to pull over a JAMES BUFORD for a traffic violation. BUFORD refused to pull over and a pursuit was initiated on Highway 45 near Interstate 65 in the city of Prichard. The pursuit concluded when BUFORD struck a ditch at the intersection of Butler Street and Carter Avenue. BUFORD bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot running north on Butler Street. Prichard Police Officer BEESON began chasing BUFORD and made contact to begin arrest procedures whenever backup Prichard Officer Jay Wilson responded and struck Officer Beeson and suspect BUFORD with his vehicle. JAMES BUFORD was pronounced dead on the scene and OFFICER BEESON was transported to a local hospital.
Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has concluded our investigation on the responding Prichard Officer JAY WILSON. There will be no criminal charges against Prichard Officer JAY WILSON.
UPDATE: (8:49 a.m.) WKRG News 5 has confirmed that a Prichard officer who was injured and another person who was killed were both hit by another Prichard Police car. There was some sort of pursuit early Tuesday morning that led Prichard Police into Mobile. The suspect jumped out of his car and tried to run. The officer tackled the suspect and they struggled in the street. A car running backup hit them both. It was dark and the officer did not see them in the road. The suspect was killed. The officer is at University Hospital.
UPDATE (6:42 a.m.) A Prichard police officer was injured in the incident, News 5 has confirmed.
The officer was rushed to University Hospital.
Lt. Robert Martin of the Prichard Police Department would not say how the officer was hurt, only saying “no shots were fired.” The officer is expected to be ok.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation, according to Lt. Martin.
Mobile police are investigating after a person was hit by a car and killed on Butler Street in the Trinity Gardens neighborhood.
The crash happened around 12:20 a.m. at the intersection near Berkley Street.
News 5 is working to get more information.