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Update: Charges filed in shooting of off-duty Birmingham police officer killed near Ensley

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Authorities can be seen stopping traffic in I-20/59 near Ensley, where a Birmingham police officer was shot and killed Saturday night, May 10, 2014. (abc3340.com) Authorities can be seen stopping traffic in I-20/59 near Ensley, where a Birmingham police officer was shot and killed Saturday night, May 10, 2014. (abc3340.com)
Mayor William Bell speaks to Chief A.C. Roper at the scene of a shooting that claimed the life a Birmingham police officer, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (abc3340.com) Mayor William Bell speaks to Chief A.C. Roper at the scene of a shooting that claimed the life a Birmingham police officer, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (abc3340.com)

Capital Murder charges have been filed against Patrick Deon Johnson for his role in the death of BPD officer Keary Hollis.

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Update 4:24 p.m.


Family members and friends are mourning the loss of 35 year old Keary Hollis. 

"My heart is hurting right now," Nicki Stallworth, Hollis' friend said. "I was just getting to know him."
 Officer Keary Hollis' friends and family say they're heartbroken.
"I was really hurt," Stallworth said. "I broke down in tears. He had just came by my house and we were talking and he was like, 'alright I'll see you later.' When he left out, he saw my daughter and gave her a hug and he would see her later with 'your cute self looking like your Momma.' That was the last time I saw him."

35 year old Officer Hollis leaves behind three children - including a newborn son. He lived in Center Point - at the Livingston Oaks Apartments.  Friends told us he also served as watchman for their neighborhood.

"He was a good loving officer, on and off duty," Stallworth said.
People on the scene last night told us, someone inside the store got mad at the officer - then shot at him as he tried to drive away. 
"A young man had come in the store," Herman Henderson, a local pastor on the scene said. "His motorcycle was apparently hit. He had a few words with the officer and I think the officer pulled away from him, drove away, and he took a shot at him. His car started spinning around and went into the garage."
"We did everything we could to save him, but unfortunately he lost his life," Birmingham Chief A.C. Roper said.
Chief Roper says Hollis was off duty at the time. They found his body inside his car - lifeless from a gunshot wound. The case is being handled as a homicide.
"We have some people who are taking this extremely hard," Chief Roper said. "As one person told me, they just talked to him yesterday. Then to show up at the scene and find out he lost his life is really tough.... We just ask for thoughts and prayers for this officer's family and for our department as they deal with the loss of a brother officer."

We also spoke with members of Hollis' family. His Aunt told us  he's a graduate of Wenonah High School - and holds a culinary arts degree from Kent Tech School. He graduated from the Birmingham Police Academy in 2008.  Very fittingly on this Mothers Day, she said his mom was his best friend.  


Update 10:53 a.m.

Birmingham police have identified the off-duty Birmingham officer shot and killed as Officer Keary Hollis. He was a five and half year veteran with the department,

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Update 3:30 a.m.


According to Lt. Sean Edwards, investigators are questioning a person of interest in connection with the shooting death of an off-duty police officer Saturday night.

An investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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Update 1 a.m.


Chief A.C. Roper said the off-duty Birmingham police officer shot to death Saturday night was a five-year veteran in the west precinct. Roper said the name of the officer is being withheld at this time pending the notification of family.

Authorities continue to search for the gunman.

"We will not sleep until we find him," Lt. Sean Edwards said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Birmingham Police Department immediately or call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Authorities are actively searching for a suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Birmingham police officer near Ensley Saturday night, Lt. Sean Edwards confirmed to ABC 33/40.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Bush Boulevard. Details surrounding the shooting haven't been made available at this time. The officer's identity hasn't been released.

Police have set up a large perimeter around the scene in an effort to find the suspected shooter. No arrests have been made yet.

A photo of Mayor William Bell at the scene was posted on Instagram shortly before midnight with the following message:

"Mayor at the tragic scene of a Birmingham Police Officer shot and killed. Our condolences go out to the family and our prayers are with our men and women in blue."

ABC 33/40 has a crew at the scene and will have updates as more information is made available.

In a separate, unrelated incident, a Birmingham police officer was injured after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 59 South near Arkadelphia Road.

Local law enforcement and city leaders have begun sharing thoughts and prayers for both officers on social media. You can read some of the messages below.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office:


"Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in blue at the Birmingham Police Department."

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office:

"Our hearts are heavy tonight with the news a #Birmingham Police Officer has been killed in Ensley tonight near Bush Blvd. Another Officer was struck by a vehicle in I-59 near Arkadelphia. Please avoid these areas on I-59 in #Birmingham.
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Hueytown Police Department:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the coworkers, friends and family of the BPD officer who fell in the line of duty tonight. May he find peace in heaven and God comfort his family."

Demopolis Police Department:


"The Demopolis Police Department offers our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of the Officer killed tonight in the line of duty. May God bring peace and comfort. -- Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese."

Helena Mayor Mark R. Hall:

"My thoughts & prayers go out to #Birmingham PD, family & friends of the officer killed in the line of duty tonight. May God be with you."
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