UPDATE (1:25 p.m.)
Three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.
Mobile Police Chief James Barber released this statement, “this incident highlights the incredible challenges and dangers these men and women face every day to keep our community safe. We are also grateful for the many emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages we have received during this time.”
UPDATE (1:16 p.m.)
Mobile’s Mayor just tweeted that the officer is “in improving condition”
(WKRG, MOBILE, ALABAMA)
Good news for a Mobile Police officer shot in a drug sting in Grand Bay Friday. In a statement released Sunday Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson wrote that the officer “is expected to make a full recovery.” Here is the entirety of the mayor’s statement sent to me via iMessage from George Talbot:
“Our prayers remain with the wounded officer and his family. We are grateful for his service and grateful that he is expected to make a full recovery. On behalf of our citizens, we appreciate the dedication and professionalism of our Mobile Police Department, along with our law enforcement partners.”
This is the first official statement on the officer’s condition since late Friday afternoon in a news conference by Mobile Police Chief James Barber. Earlier this morning Talbot sent a message saying the officer’s condition was unchanged from Friday. He was listed in critical but stable condition.
The undercover officer, who’s name is awaiting release, was shot two times in the altercation that authorities say was a sting operation gone wrong. The officer, who family members say was shot in the leg and lower abdomen went into surgery Friday morning to have part of his lower intestine removed.
According to Mobile Police Chief James Barber, the sting operation was the culmination of a “lengthy” investigation. Five undercover officers met Burkhardt in the parking lot of a Waffle House. Burkhardt was heavily armed with a bulletproof vest under his jacket and extra magazines.
We don’t have an update on the suspect Ryan Burkhardt at this time. He was also said to be in critical but stable condition at the hospital.