BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An Alabama man was charged with capital murder Tuesday in the death of Fairfield police officer Mary Smith and attempted murder in the shooting of officer Erick Burpo, authorities said.
Police in Fairfield Monday night arrested two other unnamed suspects in the fatal shooting of the policewoman after she interrupted an apparent burglary.
Police Chief Patrick Mardis Senior said investigators believe all three men were involved in the killing of Officer Mary Smith and the wounding of another officer.
Smith, who was 48, was fatally shot Monday morning while answering a call about a suspicious vehicle in a neighborhood in Fairfield. Investigators believe the men were in the process of committing a burglary when she surprised them.
Officer Erick Burpo was shot in the thigh as he arrived seconds after Smith was hit. He underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Smith died of a gunshot to the chest. She joined the Fairfield police two months ago after retiring from the police force in neighboring Birmingham.
The shooting scene, located near Miles College, is a few miles from a drug house where three Birmingham police officers were fatally shot in 2004.