UPDATE: 3:44 PM: Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has released a statement on this incident:
“I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the 16-year-old who lost his life during the execution of a search warrant by Mobile Police officers early this morning. I have unanswered questions about the events leading up to this tragic outcome, and I am taking immediate steps to get those answers.
First, I have asked former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama Kenyen Brown to perform a comprehensive review of the Mobile Police Department’s policy, procedures and training related to officers’ use of force. His work will include a review of prior incidences of police use of force and full access to all evidence, including body camera footage. Following this review, he will issue a report of his findings and recommendations within 90 days. This report will be made available to the public.
Secondly, while this review is being conducted, I am issuing an immediate ban on the Mobile Police Department’s use of pre-dawn search warrants unless there is a pressing need to protect human life. In those rare cases, they will require the approval of the Chief of Police and Public Safety Director.
In looking back over the last ten years, the progress made in the area of public safety was the result of building trust between the community, our police officers, and my administration. We recognize that maintaining this trust is our greatest tool for keeping the City of Mobile safe. We will compassionately respond to this tragedy as we continue to nurture those relationships.”
UPDATE: 8:30 AM: Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine says one person was shot and killed as police executed a warrant early Monday morning. It happened on Sheringham Drive. The chief says officers forced entry into the home and the suspect had a weapon. That person was shot by Mobile Police, and transported by ambulance to a hospital but died from his injury.
The homicide unit, internal affairs, and officials with the DA’s office are here. The chief says they were executing a narcotics search warrant following complaints from neighbors.
ORIGINAL STORY: MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — At least one person was hurt following an incident on Sheringham Drive. That’s a small road off of Cottage Hill Road. Mobile Police were at this location when a call for a possible shooting went out.
A neighbor tells News 5 they were awoken by a ruckus when police officers broke down the door of a home. We did see one person wheeled out on a stretcher and put into the back of an ambulance.
We have reached out to Mobile Police for more information and are waiting to hear back. We have seen a number of police officers in tactical gear as well as uniformed officers and plain clothes detectives.