UPDATE: Suspect in Custody after Shooting at Links Apartments
UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) – Mayor Walt Maddox remarked on the events of Monday's shooting at The Links/Greens apartment complexes.
The mayor, who visited the injured officers at DCH Regional Medical Center shortly after they were transported there from the scene, took to Twitter late Monday evening to commend the first responders who handled the incident earlier that day.
"At DCH this evening, I had the opportunity to visit with our two officers who were injured in the line of duty, and express the City’s sincere appreciation for their bravery," Maddox wrote in a tweet. "Their courageous actions remind us how fortunate we are to have TPD serving our community. ...I also want to thank Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue and the DCH Health System for providing outstanding response and care to our heroes."
The suspect, who shot a police officer in the chest, raised his hands in surrender when approached by officers who were canvassing the area. He was taken into custody without incident but was still transported to DCH to be "checked out" by physicians.
Tuscaloosa Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Taylor acknowledged that TPD Chief Brent Blankley rode with the suspect to the hospital in the ambulance and will rendezvous with the injured officers shortly.
More information on the officers' conditions and the suspect's identification and charges will be available soon.
UPDATE (5:10 p.m.) – TPD spokesperson Stephanie Taylor has confirmed that the suspect surrendered himself to police and is now in custody. Identification and charges will be forthcoming after he is booked.
UPDATE (5 p.m.) – Here is the latest information regarding the current investigation at The Links and Greens apartment complexes.
The second officer to be injured did not sustain injuries from a shooting. Mayor Walt Maddox is at DCH Regional Medical Center with both wounded officers, as of 5 p.m. Monday.
TCSO's SWAT team arrived on the scene at 5 p.m. to assist in the manhunt.
UPDATE (4:50 p.m.) – The Tuscaloosa Thread has confirmed that a police officer has been shot at The Links Apartments. The incident happened at 4 p.m. The officer was shot in their bulletproof vest and did not sustain any serious injuries.
According to Tuscaloosa Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Taylor, the officer who was shot is currently being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Officers are still on the premises and surrounding areas looking for the shooter, who is currently at large.
There is a major multi-agency police response underway at The Links and The Greens Apartments Complex, including the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, UAPD, Northport Police, State Troopers and more.
The complex is located off Mimosa Park Boulevard, which intersects Highway 69 a couple of miles south of Skyland Boulevard. Several dozen units have responded and we are working to learn more about the situation. Ambulances and first responders are on the scene.
Management at the complex did not have information to share publicly as of 4:15 p.m. on Monday afternoon, but they are advising residents to stay inside and lock their doors.