Suspect’s death in officer-involved shooting outside Ruth’s Cafe in Birmingham ruled suicide

Alabama News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (4/27) The suspect from the April 24 officer-involved shooting has been identified as 26-year-old Larry Dejuan Henderson.

The Birmingham Police Department has released more information on the incident. Authorities say that Henderson was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They have ruled his death a suicide.

The case is being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

April 24

A suspect in an officer-involved shooting has died after opening fire on a Birmingham police officer outside Ruth’s Cafe on 24th Street North Friday morning.

The officer involved has been identified as 47-year-old Detective Mikiel Smith. His injury was not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke out about the incident and says , “We stand with Detective Smith.”

According to BPD Chief Patrick Smith, the department received a call at 8:50 a.m. Friday regarding an officer who needed help near Ruth’s Cafe. Smith said that according to the officer, a patron in the restaurant refused to pay for their food and was causing a disturbance before leaving the building to get in their car. Det. Mikiel Smith, who was already in the cafe, went outside to the suspect’s car to talk to them.

“When the officer stepped out and approached the vehicle, he (suspect) noticed it was a police officer and opened fire,” Smith said.

Smith said the detective Smith was hit multiple times in the right arm and was subsequently taken to UAB Hospital in stable condition. The suspect, who was also hit during the officer-involved shooting, died from their injuries.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is working the case.



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