Man Killed by Birmingham Police Had Attempted Suicide

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A woman says Birmingham police fatally
shot her 38-year-old grandson while handcuffing him after she spent
hours trying to talk him out of killing himself.

Rickey Gross was shot as many as a dozen times - with a majority
of the wounds in his back - Saturday night, The Birmingham News
reported today. Police went to question him about the shooting of
his girlfriend earlier that day.

Family members said he was unarmed when he was shot although he
did have a gun and a knife earlier in the day.

His grandmother, Equilla Gross, said up to four officers shot him to death. A department news release said the shooting erupted after an altercation between officers and Gross.

Gross, described as being troubled over the loss of his job, car and apartment, was accused of critically wounding his girlfriend outside his uncle's house. He then turned the gun on himself.

Police and family members say the gun jammed when he pulled the

Authorities say Sergeant Lee Kerzic was shot at least once by friendly fire while trying to handcuff Gross. He was treated at a hospital and released.

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