Sergeant Albert Eugene Ballard

Sergeant Albert Eugene Ballard

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, November 29, 1979

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Albert Eugene Ballard

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.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

bank robbery, suspicious person

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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

November 25, 2014

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