Suspect killed, officer wounded in exchange of gunfire in Homewood business parking lot

A suspect was killed and a Homewood police officer wounded during an exchange of gunfire early Thursday in the parking lot of a business off of Lakeshore Parkway.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. outside of Allsouth Appliance, the old Babies R Us location, at 345 State Farm Parkway, said Sgt. John Carr. It began when two officers on patrol spotted two vehicles in the lot, one of which had the trunk open. There were three people – two men and a woman – in or near the vehicles.

The officers put a description of the vehicle out over the police radio to see if it was suspected in a recent rash of break-ins in the city. While they were trying to identify one of the primary suspects, he took off running and officers gave chase on foot. Both officers deployed their Taser stun guns, but they had no effect in the suspect.

While running, the suspect fired at officers and both officers returned fire, Carr said. One of the officers was struck in the thigh and rushed to Grandview Medical Center with what was initially thought to be serious injuries. Carr said he is going to be OK. The officer is in his 20s and has been on the force about two years.

The suspect, an adult black male, was pronounced dead on the scene. The other two persons of interest are in custody.

As of 5 a.m., the dead suspect was still on the scene but was about to be taken to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. The two persons of interest will be taken in for custody.

Carr said the two officers were not part of an ongoing undercover operation targeting the spate of break-ins in the city over the past two weeks, but were on their routine patrol. Homewood Police Chief Tim Ross is at the hospital with the wounded officer. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators have not determined why the vehicles were in the parking lot. They are waiting on search warrants to search the vehicles. Both officers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is…

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