Alabama Mall Shooting Victim Emantic Bradford Jr. Shot Three Times in Back by Police, Forensic Analysis Shows


Emantic Bradford Jr., the man fatally shot by Alabama police on Thanksgiving, was hit from behind by three bullets, forensic analysis showed.

The autopsy showed that Bradford was hit in the back of the right side of his head, in the back of his neck and in the right side of his back and listed homicide as the manner of death.

The family's attorney, Ben Crump, said that the preliminary anatomical review indicated that Bradford was moving away from police when he was hit, according to a reporter for a CBS affiliate located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Attorney Ben Crump going over the preliminary anatomical review. 3 gunshot wounds: head, neck, and back. Crump says all three gunshots entered from the backside which Crump says suggests that Bradford was moving in the opposite direction of the officer.

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Hoover police have changed their story about the shooting of Bradford, which occurred in the Riverchase Galleria Mall, according to CNN. On the morning of Black Friday, the day after the shooting, police said that two men were fighting and that the argument led to one man shooting the other. Later that day, they identified Bradford as the deceased man but said that the probably was not the gunman in the aforementioned altercation.

"Investigators now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation. This information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at-large, who could be responsible for the shooting of the 18-year-old male and 12-year-old female," Hoover police wrote on Facebook. "We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not."

Three days later, they said that Bradford "brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene." Police subsequently revised their statement. "Earlier, we stated that Mr. Bradford 'brandished' a gun. To clarify, the word 'brandish' was used because Mr. Bradford had a gun in his hand as police officers responded to the active shooter situation between mall patrons," Hoover police said.

Bradford had a permit to carry the weapon, his father, Emantic Bradford Sr. said, according to The Guardian.

Law enforcement officials have arrested 20-year-old Erron Brown and charged him with attempted murder for the mall shooting. The Hoover department has faced criticism for repeatedly changing its statements. "We don't trust the police department because they've already lied to them," Crump said. "They released his picture all over the world saying he was the shooter and the police officer was a hero."

The city of Hoover released a statement on Monday saying that it would not release video of the shooting.

Hoover police chief Nick Derzis said Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Hal Taylor had requested that "any critical information in regards to their investigation" not be released prematurely, CBS42 reported. "Hoover officials are respecting the requests of ALEA to not release any information at the risk of compromising the justice process for everyone involved," the city's statement said.

Elijah King, Bradford's friend, described him as "a funny, goofy dude, full of joy, always happy," according to Reverend Jesse Jackson delivered a eulogy at Bradford's funeral, which took place on Saturday.