AG Steve Marshall clears Hoover officer in fatal Thanksgiving mall shooting

EJ Bradford
Emantic Bradford Jr. [Photo Credit: Emantic Bradford Sr via AP]

A Hoover police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr. at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving, the Alabama Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation made the conclusion the officer did not commit a crime under Alabama law and thus will not be criminally charged for his actions. Marshall further noted it was his understanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also reviewed the matter and found no evidence to initiate a case against the officer for civil rights violation(s).

“After an extensive investigation and review, the Attorney General has determined Officer 1 did not commit a crime under Alabama law when he shot and killed E.J. Bradford and thus the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct preclude presentation of this case to a grand jury,” the report reads.

“The facts of this case demonstrate that Officer 1 reasonably exercised his official powers, duties, or functions when he shot E.J. Bradford,” the report continues. “Officer 1’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances and were consistent with his training and nationally-accepted standards for ‘active shooter’ scenarios.”

Marshall also released surveillance video of the incident:

Read the full report below: