Alabama police sergeant shot, killed during motel standoff; 2 suspects in custody

Police officer shot, killed during standoff at motel

MOODY, Ala. — An Alabama police sergeant was shot and killed while responding to a Tuesday night call at a motel northeast of Birmingham.

Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt identified the fallen officer as Sgt. Stephen Williams, who spent the past three of his 23-year career with the small department in St. Clair County, reported.

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The shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m. following a disturbance call from the motel and led to an hours-long standoff between police and two suspects, a male and female, now in custody, ABC 33/40 reported.

Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town addressed the shooting in a statement: “Moody Police Sergeant Stephen Williams’ end of watch has come much too soon. Our condolences and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers. His loss is a loss for all of Alabama. This serves as yet another heartbreaking and stark reminder of the perils encountered by law enforcement each day.”

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