The Latest: Independent autopsy for man shot by police

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a man by a police officer in an Alabama mall (all times local):


1:30 p.m.

The family of a man killed by a police officer in an Alabama shopping mall has hired a pathologist to perform an independent autopsy.

A statement issued Friday by family attorney Ben Crump says the autopsy will “determine whether he was shot multiple times and if he was shot from the front or the back.”

A police officer shot and killed Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. while responding to a shooting at a crowded mall on Thanksgiving.

Police initially described Bradford as the mall gunman, but later said they were wrong.

The statement said the autopsy results will be released to the media after they become available to the Bradford family.


11:50 a.m.

A man arrested in Georgia in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a shopping mall near Birmingham has agreed to return to Alabama to face charges.

Erron Martez Dequan Brown appeared emotionless during a brief hearing Friday before a magistrate judge in Atlanta.

The 20-year-old man told a judge he’d voluntarily return to Alabama. Authorities there now have 15 business days to remove him from the Fulton County jail.

Authorities arrested Brown on an attempted murder charge on Thursday. Protesters have held demonstrations since the mall gunfire because an officer fatally shot another armed black man who was initially believed to be the shooter.

An organizer says protests will continue over the police killing of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. His funeral is set for Saturday at Birmingham’s municipal auditorium.

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