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

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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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Wow, it does not seem to have been almost 15 you departed from us. I always looked forward to sitting by you in the roll call room at North Precinct. There was never a dull moment when you came to work. When an officer leaves the shift, the supervisor use to say "switch" and we all shifted seats; well some of us because you and Johnny Scott wouldn't shift for nothing. After your transitioning, the supervisor said switch. That left me to sit in your seat. That was a switch I was not willing to make so I just found somewhere else to sit. Your memories still lies within me on 125's beat. Forth Apache forever. Continue your rest Jerome.

Officer Tracy McCall
Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Retired, Birmingham Police Depart
May 24, 2017

 

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