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Officer Sande Sanderson | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

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Sande Sanderson

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, January 29, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 257

Cause: Bomb

Weapon: Explosives; Bomb

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Sande Sanderson was killed when a bomb exploded as he worked an overtime assignment at an abortion clinic located at 1001 17th Street S.

Officer Sanderson and one of the clinic's nurses were opening the clinic when the bomb detonated. The nurse was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Officer Sanderson is the first person ever to be killed in an abortion clinic bombing.

The subject had evaded searches involving several hundred state and federal officers by hiding in a national forest in North Carolina since the incident. The man was apprehended on May 31st, 2003, when a police officer in Murphy, North Carolina, spotted him digging through a dumpster and arrested him. On April 13th, 2005, the man plead guilty to the bombing in which Officer Sanderson was killed. He was sentenced to four life sentences.

Officer Sanderson had served with the Birmingham Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and one child.

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Sande was a really fun person to be around. Great attitude, great conduct and very compassionate, even to criminals. I once saw him take off his jacket and put it on a cold, handcuffed juvenile offender. I hope that he is always remembered.

Captain David Agee
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
January 30, 2017

 

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