Mobile Officer in Shooting Identified, Free Wills for First Responders

Jun 17, 2016

The Mobile Police Department has released additional information on an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week.

Mobile Police Chief James Barber recently held a press conference where he identified the officer involved and talked through the incident. He says 18-year-old Michael Moore was driving a stolen vehicle with two passengers when he was pulled over by officer Harold Hurst Monday evening for making an erratic turn.

Chief Barber says officer Hurst asked Moore to step out of the vehicle and saw that he had a gun tucked in his waistband. Barber says Moore reached for the gun and was shot three times by the officer.

Several items inside the car and the gun Moore was carrying had also been reported stolen. The Mobile Police Department's internal affairs unit and the FBI are investigating the shooting.

A new service program in Alabama is working to help first responders who put their lives on the line to help others.

The Wills for Heroes project offers free, basic estate planning services for police officers, firefighters and EMTs. The goal is to help families of first responders plan ahead in case of a death in the line of duty.

David Karn is an attorney working with the organization. He says this service provides comfort for families of these workers.

“Estate planning is not only important for the individual; it is important for the individual’s family. These documents, they resonate out past the person. And when these documents have to be used, it is the time, of course, when people are forced to make very difficult decisions.”

Volunteer lawyers will meet one-on-one with participants. The service includes a personalized Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive. The clinic will be taking place today from 11am to 3pm at the Gadsden Senior Activity Center.

The weekend is nearly here, but the heat is in full force.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham is calling for temperatures to remain hot for the coming days and has issued a heat advisory for much of the state this afternoon. Today’s forecast shows the mercury going as high as 98 degrees throughout the state with heat index values nearing 110. The heat could prove hazardous for various at-risk groups like children and pregnant women, as well as pets.

Meteorologist Connor Baird says today will be one of our hottest days so far this year.

“Friday is supposed to be our hottest day, and we are projecting a high of 97 for the Birmingham area at this time frame but that’s not record-breaking for this time. I think our record-breaking for Birmingham is one hundred degrees. We’re still expected to remain below.”

Baird says this is typical summer weather, but people should still take precautions. Animals should have plenty of shade and water if they remain outdoors. Forecasters are expecting a slight improvement over the Father’s Day weekend.