A 28-year-old man has been formally charged after a bizarre chain of events Sunday morning which included shots fired at police, two random motorists being shot and a chase in a stolen sheriff’s vehicle, some of which was broadcast on Facebook Live by the suspect.
Birmingham police have charged Donnie Brock Jr. with attempted murder. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail at 1:07 p.m. Monday and is being held without bond. He is charged with three counts of attempted and three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.
The ordeal began shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday when an East Precinct officer was stopped at a traffic light in the 9400 of Parkway East. Birmingham police spokesman Officer Truman Fitzgerald said a vehicle pulled up next to the officer and opened fire.
The suspect – now identified as Brock – discharged several rounds into the patrol vehicle, but the officer was not injured. An East Precinct officer observed the suspect’s vehicle and a pursuit ensued. A police bulletin calling for all possible assistance was issued.
During the initial pursuit, the suspect began firing shots at the officers involved in the pursuit. The pursuit ended in the 1200 block of Arkadelphia Road when the suspect’s vehicle became disabled.
Brock, police say, then began firing shots at civilians in another vehicle. A male and female were struck by gunfire. Birmingham Fire and Rescue transported those victims to UAB Hospital. The male victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim suffered life-threatening injuries.
The suspect then became involved in a short standoff in the roadway of 1200 Arkadelphia Road. During the standoff, the suspect gained control of a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’ patrol vehicle.
The suspect then fled in the JCSO vehicle. The pursuit traveled through multiple jurisdictions including Birmingham, Vestavia, and Hoover. The suspect’s vehicle was disabled in the 2800 block of John Hawkins Parkway in front of Academy Sports.
The stolen sheriff’s SUV caught fire after running over spike strips and the suspect was then taken into custody. The suspect sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Authorities said officers did discharge their firearms during the incident.
An 11-minute video posted on Brock’s Facebook page chronicled part of the chase. “I’m riding out,” Brock said during the live broadcast. “I’m in a cruiser too, y’all.”
At one point, Brock put his phone out the window to show the force of police vehicles following him. At another point, he picked up the mic in the police vehicle and spoke into it, saying, “How you do Bessemer? Y’all enjoying the game Bessemer? Heading your way next.”
Court records do not list any previous criminal arrests for Brock in Alabama. He is being held without bond.
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