Police Officer Edward K. Alley, Jr.

Police Officer Edward K. Alley, Jr.

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1980

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Edward K. Alley, Jr.

Police Officer Edward Alley was shot and killed while apprehending two convenience store robbery suspects.

The shooter was sentenced to life without parole. The shooter had been convicted of robberies in 1976 and was on a work release program. The subject who masterminded the group of robbers was on parole for a life sentence for a previous murder.

Officer Alley and his partner set up the city's first organized black watch programs.

Officer Alley had served with the Birmingham Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and parents. His father was a police sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, parolee, robbery

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I will always remember Christmas 1980. I was an intern in surgery at UAB. I was on the Transplant service but was called to help in the OR. RIP.

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