The Latest: Police name Alabama officer shot following call

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on an officer involved shooting in Alabama (all times local):

6:05 p.m.

Authorities have identified an Alabama police officer who was shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery.

In a news release Saturday, police confirmed the identity of the officer as 30-year-old Justin Sanders, of Auburn.

Capt. Lorenza Dorsey says Sanders is in stable condition at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. He says Sanders is a five-year veteran of the department assigned as a patrol officer.

The two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout Friday night.

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3:30 p.m.

A police officer in Alabama shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery is recovering, while two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports the incident began about 5:30 p.m. Friday. An Auburn officer stopped a vehicle that fit the description of one driven by the suspects. As the officer approached, police say the man opened fire, striking the officer at least four times.

The suspects fled and an ensuing manhunt tracked them to a nearby apartment complex.

Police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey says gunfire erupted as officers surrounded the building. Officers tossed canisters of tear gas into the apartment, which caught fire. The two suspects refused to exit. Authorities say their bodies were later found in the rubble.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/

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