Alabama mall-shooting victim killed by police was struck from behind, independent autopsy shows

The man fatally shot by police responding to a shooting at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night was struck three times from behind, an attorney for his family said Monday.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump released the findings of an independent autopsy at a news conference in Birmingham, Alabama, that indicate Emantic "E.J." Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot in the head, neck and back.

"We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime," Crump said. "There's nothing that justifies him shooting E.J. as he's moving away from him. You're not a threat when you're running away."

One of the bullets entered the backside of Bradford's head and another near the back of his hip, according to the autopsy.

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In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 photo, people walk outside the Riverchase Galleria mall after gunfire erupted on the mall's second floor concourse area Thanksgiving night in Hoover, Ala. Police responding to a fight inside the mall shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Several other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. (Carol Robinson/Press-Register/AL.com via AP)
This Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff Department shows Erron Martez Dequan Brown in Atlanta. Brown, of Bessemer was charged with attempted murder in the Nov. 22. 2018 shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. (Fulton County Sheriff Department via AP)
In this still image taken from video, April Pipkins holds a photograph of her deceased son, Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Bradford was shot to death by a police officer in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, and Pipkins said she believes her son would still be alive had he been white. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Attorney Ben Crump discusses the results of a forensic examination on Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was fatally shot by police in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving day, during a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Crump, who represents Bradford's family, says a report shows the 21-year-old black man suffered three gunshot wounds to the back side of his body. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
This Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, image made from a video provided by ABC 33/40, authorities respond after reports of shots fired at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a Birmingham, Ala., suburb. A man was shot and killed by police after a fight at the mall ahead of Black Friday shopping resulted in gunfire that injured several. (ABC 33/40 via AP)
Protestors carry a sign reading “Justice for E.J.” during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. A police shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown while responding to a shooting at the mall on Thanksgiving evening. Police said Bradford was fleeing the scene with a weapon. Hoover police initially told reporters Bradford had shot a teen at the mall, but later retracted the statement. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)
Emantic Bradford Sr. discusses the results of a forensic examination on his son Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was fatally shot by police in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving, during a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. A report released by the family shows the 21-year-old black man suffered three gunshot wounds to the back side of his body. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
A crowd gathers at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, for a community vigil regarding the shooting death of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., a black man by police in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving. Bradford's mother said Tuesday that she believes her son would still be alive had he been white. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 photo, police respond to a fight inside the Riverchase Galleria mall after gunfire erupted Thanksgiving night in Hoover, Ala. Police shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Several other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. (Carol Robinson/Press-Register/AL.com via AP)
Emantic Bradford Sr. discusses the results of a forensic examination on his son Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was fatally shot by police in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving day, during a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The family's lawyer, Ben Crump, looks on from the right. A report released by the family shows the 21-year-old black man suffered three gunshot wounds to the back side of his body. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato speaks during an appearance in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The city is asking the state for permission to release information about the fatal police shooting of a black man in Alabama's largest shopping mall on Thanksgiving. The city has been targeted by demonstrations since the shooting. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 photo, a police officer speaks to a woman after gunfire erupted Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala. Police responding to a fight inside the shopping mall shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Several other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. (Carol Robinson/Press-Register/AL.com via AP)
In this still image taken from video, April Pipkins, mother of the late Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., speaks during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Bradford was shot to death by a police officer in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, and Pipkins said she believes her son would still be alive had he been white. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
Elijah King holds a sign during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, over the police shooting of 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. of Hueytown. Police were responding to a shooting that wounded an 18-year-old and 12year-old. Police initially said Bradford shot the teen that evening, but later said he was not the gunman. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)
This Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, image made from a video provided by ABC 33/40, authorities respond after reports of shots fired at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a Birmingham, Ala., suburb. A man was shot and killed by police after a fight at the mall ahead of Black Friday shopping resulted in gunfire that injured several. (ABC 33/40 via AP)
In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 photo, police respond to a fight inside the Riverchase Galleria mall after gunfire erupted Thanksgiving night in Hoover, Ala. Police shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Several other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. (Carol Robinson/Press-Register/AL.com via AP)
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Bradford, 21, also had a laceration on his right eyebrow that might indicate he fell face forward.

"You shot him from the back," said Emantic Bradford Sr., a former corrections officer. "Three times my son was shot. He did not pose a threat to you. You could have taken him down without even having" fired a shot.

Bradford was killed by an officer responding to gunfire at the crowded Riverchase Galleria just before 10 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving night.

Hoover police said an argument between several young men led to gunfire.

The suspect in the shooting, Erron Brown, 20, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service in Georgia on Thursday.

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