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A 21-year-old military hero was gunned down by Alabama police - as he tried to stop a mass shooting inside a mall on Thursday.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., the son of a Birmingham cop and a combat engineer in the US Army, was shot dead by officers responding to reports of an active shooter at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving Day.

Emantic, who is a black man, was killed by police while trying to stop a "mass shooting" inside the mall. According to new reports, Emantic drew his military service revolver to protect innocent civilians.

Here is a graphic pic of hin laying DEAD

But in 2019 America, any Black man with a gun - even a hero trying to save lives - is a threat.

Emantic was on the scene trying to stop the shooter - when he was shot and killed by a uniformed Hoover police officer. He  was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.11pm.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Gunshots erupted on Thanksgiving at the Riverchase Galleria after a fight broke out between a group of men. 

Several people were involved in the original fight, which broke out at 9.30pm on Thursday,. Police believe Emantic was attempting to break up the altercation - after multiple suspects started shooting indiscriminately in the mall.

He was killed trying to protect innocent civilians.