Pistol-whipped detective says he didn’t shoot attacker because of headlines

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama, police detective, who was pistol-whipped unconscious, says he didn’t fight back because he didn’t want to be in the media.

According to WBMA, the incident happened last Friday when he pulled over someone for driving erratically. Heath Boackle, a sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department, says the detective told 34-year old Janard Cunningham to stay in the car. That’s when police say Cunningham got out and started acting aggressively towards the detective.

Boackle says the detective considered using force but instead continued his back up call, and that’s when Cunningham hit him. Police say Cunningham then pistol-whipped the detective with his own service weapon.

Te detective is recovering and said he appreciates everyone’s support.

Cunninghmam has been charged with attempted murder and is being held without bond.