Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Rep. Sewell Statement on Shooting of E.J. Bradford, Jr.

Nov 26, 2018
Press Release
Sewell calls for transparency and accountability in the investigation of the fatal shooting by Hoover Police

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On Thursday, November 22, a Hoover police officer fatally shot Mr. Emantic Fitzgerald “EJ” Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown, AL at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. Following the shooting, the Hoover Police Department mistakenly claimed EJ Bradford had fired shots at the mall, injuring two other people. The State Bureau of Investigation of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will lead the investigation into the events of November 22.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement:

“Today I join with the community in calling for justice for E.J. and the other victims. The senseless tragedy that led to the death of Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, Jr. must be thoroughly investigated and all the facts brought into the light,” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “My heartfelt prayers are with E.J.’s family and all those injured and impacted by this tragic event. As a community, we must insist that ALEA, the Hoover Police Department and all law enforcement involved, conduct this investigation with the utmost transparency to the public. Tragedies like this one erode the public trust. Through accountability and transparency, it is my hope we can get to the truth of the events that transpired that evening and get justice for the victims.”



Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.