Birmingham officer shot, suspect killed in downtown shootout

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- UPDATE:

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith identified the wounded officer as Officer Cullen Stafford, a 9-year veteran of the department. His 36th birthday is tomorrow.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating.
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Authorities say an Alabama police officer has been shot multiple times by a suspected convenience store robber who was then killed in a shootout in downtown Birmingham.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith tells news outlets that officers were responding to the reported robbery Wednesday evening when they spotted the suspect.

Smith says the suspect shot one of the arriving officers before being fatally shot. The officer was hospitalized and undergoing surgery.

Al.com reports that another officer was injured, but not by gunfire, during the incident. It is unclear how that officer was injured.

Officials have not released the names of the injured officers or the dead suspect.