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Officer Joseph Jerome Daniels | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama


Joseph Jerome Daniels

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Monday, November 18, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Murder charge dismissed

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Officer Joseph Daniels was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery at a fast food restaurant on Graymont Avenue at approximately 8:45 pm.

Officer Daniels, who was off duty at the time, exchanged shots with the suspect and pursued him out of the restaurant until he collapsed as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest. A restaurant employee was also shot and wounded by the suspect, who then fled the scene.

The suspect was finally arrested in July 2012 by the Birmingham Police Department's Cold Case Unit. He was charged with capital murder and attempted murder. In January of 2014 the charges were dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Officer Daniels had served with the Birmingham Police Department for ten years and was assigned to the North Precinct. He is survived by his 4-year-old son.

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It has been 11 years and four days since you were taken away from us. However, your memory will remain with me forever.. You were a hero, who chased after a robbery after being shot. I remember teaching you at the Birmingham Police Academy. You were a great student and you always gave your best.
May you continue to rest in peace.

Officer Bruce Smith
Fultondale Police Dept. Retired Police Academy Sgt. Birmingham Police
November 22, 2013


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