Birmingham, AL — In Alabama, over the weekend, an innocent woman was shot and killed. Her body was found in the back of a Birmingham police officer’s car and her alleged killer was the driver of that car — a 15-year veteran of the Birmingham police department.
In Birmingham, the city is equipped with microphones that detect gunfire. According to Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, around 11:51 p.m. on Friday, the city’s gunfire detection system, Shot Spotter, alerted officers to shots fired in Germania Park.
As AL.com reports:
When they arrived on the scene, they found a 43-year-old woman inside a vehicle who had been shot multiple times. Police determined that vehicle was an unmarked Birmingham police vehicle. Police identified the victim as Kanisha Nicole Fuller.
Fuller was taken to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead early Saturday. Her family said her death is a tremendous loss but said they weren’t yet up to talk about her further.
Smith said Fuller was in the unmarked police vehicle with a male Birmingham police detective, who was not on duty at the time. He was not injured.
According to police, they were able to quickly identify the murder suspect as 39-year-old Alfreda Fluker a 15-year veteran Birmingham Police Detective. Tragically ironic is the fact that Fluker worked on the department’s crime reduction team.
“We’ve spent all of this night tracking down everything that we possibly could on this case, making sure we have all of the evidence, and that we were tracking the right person and bring the right person into custody,’’ Smith said at a press conference Saturday morning.
According to Smith, Fluker was arrested at her home around 7 a.m. Saturday morning. She is being held on multiple charges, including capital murder.
“We followed every protocol to make sure we were doing everything the right way and even it when it leads to one of our own, we’re going to make the tough call and take the right actions,’’ Smith said.
According to Smith, Fluker and Fuller were involved in some sort of a love-triangle.
“This is not a press conference that I wanted to give today or any other day, but it’s about the facts and the realities of life,” smith said Saturday morning. “It’s a press conference about a love triangle gone wrong, something that happened very bad this morning.”
As AL.com reports, Smith said he didn’t know the exact relationship between the two officers and the slain woman but sources say both women at one point or another had been a relationship with the male officer. “It’s something that’s been going on for a little while,’’ he said, “but without our knowledge.”
“Today has been a very difficult day for the Birmingham Police Department as we’ve investigated and watched this tragic event unfold and three lives have been forever changed,” the department said in a statement. “Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the victim and her family.”
What this case illustrates is the problem of domestic violence within the ranks of America’s police force. As frequent readers of the Free Thought Project understand, police domestic violence happens at a rate double that of non-police families.
In February, TFTP reported on a similar incident in which a cop shot and killed a fellow cop in an act of domestic violence.
In that instance, a shooting unfolded in a Lowe’s parking lot in Greenville, Tenn. Immediately after the shooting, police released a statement praising the fact that no officers were injured in the gunfire. But this was not true. Travis Mullins, an officer with Cocke County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed by a Greenville police officer.
According to police, they received a report of a hit and run at a Lowe’s home improvement store around 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. Just like the case in Birmingham, police say the incident was reportedly domestic in nature and involved Mullins allegedly targeting a woman he had been dating.