Arrest made in 2002 murder of Birmingham officer

Arrest made in 2002 murder of Birmingham officer

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Police at the scene of the murder at Reno's on Graymont Ave. Source: WBRC video Police at the scene of the murder at Reno's on Graymont Ave. Source: WBRC video
Police tape at Reno's, where off-duty Birmingham police officer Joseph Daniels was killed in 2002. Source: WBRC video Police tape at Reno's, where off-duty Birmingham police officer Joseph Daniels was killed in 2002. Source: WBRC video
Birmingham police officer Joseph Daniels. Birmingham police officer Joseph Daniels.
Adam Bradford, 31, is charged with capital murder in Daniels' death. Source: Birmingham Adam Bradford, 31, is charged with capital murder in Daniels' death. Source: Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham police announced today a man has been arrested and charged in the cold case murder of one of their own officers from a decade ago.

Birmingham Police officer Joseph Daniels was killed on Nov. 18, 2002, while responding to a robbery in progress at a fast food restaurant called "Reno's" on Graymont Avenue.

Officer Daniels was off-duty at the time of the robbery, which happened around 8:45 p.m. He interrupted the robbery, exchanged gunfire with the suspect, was shot in the chest and killed. Daniels was 31 years old at the time of his death and had served on the Birmingham police force for 10 years.

Today, Birmingham police say they've charged a man named Adam Bradford, 31, with capital murder in Daniels' death. Bradford also faces an attempted murder charge for wounding a restaurant employee who was inside Reno's at the time of the robbery.  His bond for the attempted murder charge is $60,000.

Bradford was already in custody of the St. Clair County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges. Police say Bradford has a record of drug offenses, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and robbery.

Bradford was a person of interest at the time of the shooting but there was not enough evidence to arrest him until now, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said.

Chief Roper spoke at the Friday afternoon press conference and said he was pleased that an arrest had finally been made in the case.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Birmingham police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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