BPD Officer Arrested & Charged with Attempted Murder

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Feb 7, 2003
Birmingham, AL
From Birmingham News wire reports:

"Officer charged with attempted murder
Posted by Birmingham News staff (Carol Robinson) April 30, 2008 5:13 PM

A Birmingham police officer is charged with attempted murder after an off-duty altercation led to gunfire, authorities said.

Officer Alvin Bland, 30, was placed in the county jail Wednesday afternoon with bond set at $60,000.

The South Precinct patrolman was arrested Monday night after authorities said he got into an argument with another man in Wylam and opened fire on him.

Bland, who works the morning shift, was off duty at the time of the altercation.

According to police, officers responded to Oregon Street and Seventh Avenue Wylam about 3:30 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of shots fired. When they arrived, a 28-year-old male victim met police and told them he and the officer were involved in a verbal altercation that led to Bland firing a rifle at him. The altercation apparently happened at Denmark Avenue and Quebec Drive. The man was not struck by the gunfire.

Bland joined the Birmingham Police Department five years ago, officials said. He was booked into the city jail at 9 p.m. Monday and held there on a 48-hour extension until a warrant was obtained Wednesday."
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