MPD identifies man killed in officer-involved shooting

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UPDATE (2:37 p.m. 1/27/21): Mobile police have released the following statement about the officer-involved shooting that happened Tuesday night:

The Mobile Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred last night during a traffic stop. Around 7:44 p.m., the patrol officer pulled the driver of the vehicle over on Highway 90 at the on-ramp to I-10 eastbound for several traffic violations.  

The passenger, identified as 37-year-old Edward Bittner, fled on foot and the officer gave chase. Bittner had felony warrants for robbery and multiple breaking and entering vehicles.  

Edward Bittner

When the officer caught up to Bittner, he deployed his taser and tried to take him into custody. Bittner produced a knife. At this point, additional officer assistance was requested. An officer who had just recently concluded his shift heard the call and responded.  

As Bittner attempted to make his way back to Highway 90, the assisting officer discharged his taser in an attempt to disarm him. This attempt also failed, and Bittner was able to maintain control of the knife. The assisting officer then fired two shots from his duty weapon when he believed that Bittner was about to charge him. Both shots struck Bittner. 

Officers disarmed Bittner and rendered medical aid until the arrival of Mobile Fire-Rescue. Bittner was pronounced dead at the scene.  

This officer-involved shooting will be presented to the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office. The involved officer is on administrative leave pending preliminary investigation.  

UPDATE (9:28 p.m. 1/26/21): Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste confirmed there is an active investigation into an officer-involved shooting that resulted in a death.

Battiste said the incident began as a traffic stop. A man armed with a knife ran away from the vehicle, and the officer Tased him. The person then got up from the ground and ran. Another officer arrived on the scene and deployed his Taser as well, and the man got up again. Battiste said the officers had to result to deadly force as a result of him being not affected by the Taser.

No officers were injured. The District Attorney’s office has been notified of the incident. Mobile police are still early on in the investigation, so limited information can be shared.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A source tells WKRG News 5 a Mobile police officer shot a person at the I-10 eastbound on-ramp in Tillmans Corner Tuesday night.

Multiple Mobile police officers were on the scene, including Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber and Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste. When WKRG News 5’s Dana Winter arrived on the scene, police were placing a tarp over a person on the ground.

WKRG News 5 is working to get more details from Mobile police.

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