HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — An officer with the Huntsville Police Department has died following a shooting Friday night.
WATCH: Huntsville Police Officer shot
According to sister station WHNT, the officer was shot on Levert Street in Huntsville. The officer was subsequently taken to the Huntsville Hospital in “critical condition” and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The officer, who was a 20-year veteran on the force, has not been identified yet. According to WHNT, the suspect is now in custody after a short police pursuit. The suspect was reportedly known to police.
Details of what led up to the shooting have not been released, although it was related to a drug investigation.
This latest death marks seven Alabama law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty in 2019, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The latest death was the shooting of Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams last month.
Gov. Kay Ivey expressed her condolences over the officer’s death.
U.S. Attorney Jay Town of Alabama’s North District released the following statement on the officer’s death:
“All of Alabama is heartbroken again as another Alabama peace officer is gunned down in the line of duty. The Huntsville Police Department investigator, whose name will be released tomorrow, will always be remembered as a good man and a fine officer. Those of us who knew him admired his dedication and professionalism. We must now direct our prayers to his grieving family and pull together in full support of the Huntsville Police Department and law enforcement everywhere who lost another brother of the badge tonight. I am beyond grief.”
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