Monday, October 29, 2007

Birmingham Bailiff Shoots Motorist After Fender-Bender


A rush-hour fender bender this morning escalated into a shooting when authorities say a Jefferson County Family Court bailiff shot a 44-year-old man who struck the back of his car and then fled.

Bailiff Charlie Johnson, a retired Birmingham police officer, was en route to Family Court just before 8 a.m. when authorities say Michael Stacey Brown struck the rear of his car and then drove off without stopping.

Johnson pursued until Brown stopped his vehicle and fled on foot near the intersection of Graymont Avenue and Bush Boulevard, authorities said.

During the foot chase, authorities said Brown suddenly turned and reached into his jacket pocket as if to get a weapon.

Johnson shot Brown one time in the chest with a .357 revolver.

Brown was taken into custody and transported to UAB Hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

It was not immediately known whether a weapon was found on Brown.

Johnson, the bailiff for Presiding Judge Brian Huff, wasn't injured.

Birmingham homicide Sgt. Cory Hardiman said police are investigating the shooting, but said he couldn't comment on the specifics of the incident.

Carol Robinson
Staff Reporter

This is clearly a case of road rage. The discussion over at states that this baliff is also a police officer. Many commenters seem to think it is perfectly ok for a cop to go around shooting people in the chest if they accidentally bump into his car. While minor auto accidents are aggravating they are not punishable by the death penalty. This baliff/cop should be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law will allow.

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