PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Law enforcement in Phenix City are currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened around 9 a.m. Monday.
Phenix City Police Chief Raymond Smith says the incident began as a chase that ended near the intersection of 17th St. and 12th Ave. A media release from PCPD said the traffic stop began in the 1600 block of 12th Avenue.
The alleged suspect, identified as Brandon Stinson, was shot once and taken to Midtown Medical Center, where he is in stable condition. The officer, identified as second-year officer Pamela Cook, has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The investigation is being led by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Smith says PCPD will lend any support that is needed. Considering recent officer involved shootings across the country where race has been at the forefront of controversy, officials say both the officer and the suspect are black, Smith confirmed earlier on Monday.
Smith says there were several bags of weed visible in the suspect's car; the suspect also had an outstanding warrant for a failure to appear on a misdemeanor harassment charge. "The pursuit was most likely initiated because the suspect did not want to be caught with the drugs that are currently in the vehicle," said Smith.
Smith says the officer was not wearing a body camera because it was sent in for servicing on Sunday, however, there is dash camera video from the officer's car.
A witness recalled that he heard both the suspect and police cars stop when he was inside of his nearby home, and ran outside. The witness went on to say that the officer told the suspect to get out of the car, when the suspect attempted to climb into the passenger seat and exit the vehicle.
The witness said the officer approached the vehicle with a gun drawn, shooting the suspect one time. He said the shot appeared to hit the suspect in the lower left back. He said he never saw the suspect with a gun, knife, or any other type of weapon.
"I see the lady officer you know, pull the dude over, the car had come to a stop. So when it came to the stop, she hopped up out the car with her gun," said a nearby neighbor.
The witness said once the shot was fired, the officer put the suspect in handcuffs while he was bleeding. He said the suspect said, "Can I call my wife?" repeatedly to the officer. The suspect's wife arrived a few minutes later.
The last time there was an officer-involved shooting was in December 2013 when Cimarron Lamb was shot during a suspected robbery.