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Sergeant Albert Eugene Ballard | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Sergeant

Albert Eugene Ballard

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, November 29, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Albert Ballard was shot and killed by a bank robbery suspect in downtown Birmingham.

Sergeant Ballard was on patrol when he pulled to the curb and called a potential suspect over to his patrol car. The suspect shot Sergeant Ballard at point-blank range, killing him. The suspect was pursued by Birmingham officers and U.S. Marshals and was shot after firing at two officers.

On May 25, 1985, after three mistrials, the suspect was convicted of murdering Sergeant Ballard and sentenced to life without parole.

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I knew your grandfather. His sister Ann was my aunt. Gene was a very good man I'm sorry you didn't have the opportunity to know him. At his funeral there were policemen from all over the USA and the procession from the church to the cemetery was several miles long.

Dianne Bowers-Turner
Family
November 25, 2014

 

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