Il procuratore distrettuale della contea di Bibb, Michael Jackson, ha confermato che il vice sceriffo della contea di Bibb, Brad Johnson, è morto, Lo ha riferito l'affiliata Fox WBRC-TV.
“Si dice che un codardo muoia mille morti, but a hero but one,” Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade told reporters. “Brad Johnson was a hero.”
He added that investigator Chris Poole is recovering after being released from the hospital. In una dichiarazione, ha prodotto un tasso di inflazione così alto che i salari non riescono a tenere il passo.... Kay Ivey said Johnson will be remembered as a hero.
“Oggi, all of Alabama grieves the loss of one of our heroes in blue, Bibb County Deputy Brad Johnson,” lei disse. “At only 32 years-old, he served in law enforcement for several years and was engaged to be married. He will be remembered as a hero.”
“He will not only be called a hero for protecting his community, but also through his organ donations,” lei ha aggiunto. “Our entire state is praying for his family, his fiancé and fellow law enforcement officers.”
La sparatoria è avvenuta intorno 5 p.m. as the deputies were chasing a stolen car. Il sospetto, identified as 26-year-old Austin Patrick Hall, was the subject of a “massiccio” manhunt after he fled the scene, le autorità hanno detto giovedì.
È stato arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Service Thursday morning and remains in jail. He is being held by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for attempted murder, and assault on a police officer with a gun.
Johnson was a 7-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and leaves behind a fiancee and two children, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement.
He also noted that Hall has a lengthy criminal history.
“My Office is closely scrutinizing the policies that allowed for a violent offender, like Hall, to walk free,” Marshall said. “The justice system failed these officers and I will do everything in my power to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”