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Formal charges have been filed against a Birmingham police detective accused of fatally shooting another during a “love triangle gone wrong.”
The State Bureau of Investigation has charged 39-year-old Alfreda Fluker with capital murder in the shooting death of Kanisha Nicole Fuller. She is also charged with attempted murder of Mario Theodore White. Both Fluker and White were detectives on the Birmingham Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team.
According to authorities, West Precinct officers responded about 11:51 p.m. Friday to Birmingham’s Germania Park after the city’s gunfire detections system, Shot Spotter, alerted them to shots fired. When they arrived on the scene, they learned the 43-year-old Fuller had been shot multiple times, including at least once to the head.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, in a Saturday press conference, said Fuller was found unresponsive in an unmarked Birmingham police vehicle. She was taken to UAB Hospital where she was pronounced dead Saturday morning.
That vehicle was assigned to White. Fuller’s white Jeep was found in the middle of a field at Germania Park.
There is no indication White called 911 following the shooting. Additional details about what transpired before and after the deadly shooting have not yet been made available. White is on leave pending ongoing investigations.
Investigators quickly identified the suspected shooter as Fluker, who had been with the department for about 15 years. She was taken into custody Saturday morning at her west Birmingham home.
“This is not a press conference that I wanted to give today or any other day, but it’s about the facts and the realities of life,” Smith said Saturday morning. “It’s a press conference about a love triangle gone wrong, something that happened very bad this morning.”
“We’ve spent all of this night tracking down everything that we possibly could on this case, making sure we have all of the evidence, and that we were tracking the right person and bring the right person into custody,’’ Smith said. “We followed every protocol to make sure we were doing everything the right way and even it when it leads to one of our own, we’re going to make the tough call and take the right actions.’’
Smith said he didn’t know the exact relationship between the two officers and the slain woman but sources say both women at one point or another had been in a relationship with White. “It’s something that’s been going on for a little while,’’ he said, “but without our knowledge.”
Fluker remains held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail.
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