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Mississippi man held in shooting of Alabama police officer

January 27, 2021 GMT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A Mississippi man was charged in a shooting that injured an Alabama police officer who was responding to a complaint about an armed man, authorities said.

Devonte Lavon Farmer, 19, was being held on attempted murder charges in the confrontation, which occurred at an apartment complex in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa police said an officer, whose name was not released, was shot in his bulletproof vest while answering a call about an armed man on Monday afternoon. The vest saved the officer’s life, but the officer still suffered bruised bruised ribs.

News outlets reported a second officer was treated for a minor injury. Police exchanged gunfire with a suspect, who suffered a hand wound and surrendered more than an hour later after hiding from police in or near a lake on a golf course at the apartments.

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Court records weren’t available to show whether Farmer had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Authorities said the man was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon in Noxubee County, Mississippi.