Homicide Investigation on the 800 block of Bryant Street
Nov 8th, 2022
On Monday, November 7, 2022, at approximately 6:45 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Bryant Street in reference to one shot. Upon arrival, officers located Matthew Richardson, 31, suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. Mobile County EMS responded to the scene and later pronounced the victim deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, Zackery Hannah, 20, had been involved in an altercation earlier in the day at the exact location and shot into an occupied vehicle. However, that incident was not reported to the police. Subsequently, at about 6:45 p.m., Hannah got into an altercation with the victim and a female on the scene when Hannah attempted to shoot the female and intentionally shot and killed the male victim. The subject fled, with the shotgun on foot, in the woodline area of the Glen Acres Community. Officers set up a perimeter and encountered the subject on three separate occasions.
On the first encounter, officers observed the subject giving him verbal commands to surrender when the subject fired a shot and retreated into the wooded area. Shortly after that, officers reencountered the subject nearby when officers gave the subject verbal commands to drop the weapon. The subject refused and pointed the weapon at officers when both officers and the subject engaged in gunfire. The subject fired at least one round striking an officer about the lower portion of both legs. The subject again retreated into the wooded area when he encountered an area resident and pointed the weapon at that victim on his property.
The subject again fled on foot when a short time later, he was again encountered by officers in the 8000 block of Crowell Street. Again, officers instructed the subject to drop the weapon, and the subject refused and pointed the gun at the officer. Officers then engaged in gunfire with the subject, who fired a round at officers during that encounter. The subject was struck multiple times, and the canine was deployed to assist in the apprehension. The suspect was transported to a local hospital under guarded custody while being treated for injuries sustained during this incident.
The subject will be charged with the following:
- Attempted Murder (X7)
- Shooting Into an Occupied Vehicle
- Causing Physical Harm of a Police Animal
- Attempt to Elude L.E. Officer(s)
Standard protocol for all officer-involved shootings will include two independent investigations The Mobile Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit will conduct an investigation of the shooting. The Office of Professional Responsibility will also conduct an administrative review. The results of these investigations will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review.
The officers will be placed on administrative leave with pay during the initial phase of the investigation.
The investigation into this case remains continuous, and we will release additional information as it becomes available.