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Default Birmingham, AL WM cop, 35 shot 5 to 7X during gun battle w/ now deceased negro

Birmingham officer Cullen Stafford turns 36 one day after being shot 5 to 7 times
Updated Jul 18, 5:39 PM

A Birmingham police officer wounded in a running gun battle in downtown Birmingham took between five to seven shots, not including rounds believed to have struck his bulletproof vest.

Officer Cullen Stafford, lauded as go-getter who preferred the action of the streets to a detective’s job, was critically wounded Wednesday, the day before he turned 36. Police officials on Thursday said Stafford was shot once in the face, twice in the torso, and multiple times in one leg.

“The vest was a factor and definitely in this instance, probably saved his life,’’ Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said. “However, he was still hit multiple times and he’s going to have a long road to recovery.”

“It’s difficult for us to determine the number of times he was shot because some rounds passed through his body multiple times,’’ the chief said. Stafford underwent surgery Wednesday night and again Thursday morning. He faces multiple additional surgeries and still has at least two bullets in his body, the chief said.

UPDATE: Deceased suspect who shot B’ham officer identified

Updated July 19 at 9:05 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Birmingham police officer was shot and the suspect is dead after an armed robbery Wednesday evening at a convenience store downtown.

The officer has been identified as Cullen Stafford. He underwent surgery at UAB Hospital and is in stable condition.

The deceased suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Roderick Wilson
of Pinson. The Jefferson County Coroner says he died from multiple gunshot wounds but did not specify how many.

Roderick WIlson. Photo: Jefferson County Jail.
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