On Tuesday, a
Huntsville Police Department (HPD) officer was killed, and another was gravely injured while responding to shots fired call.
The shooting occurred on Governors House Drive at the Governors House Apartments.
HPD says the officers answered the ‘shots fired’ call around 4:45 p.m. When officers arrived, a female victim was located.
The two responding cops were shot at the site by an offender and were taken to Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries, where one officer died.
Attorney General Steve Marshall named that officer Garrett Crumby.
Albert Morin, the injured cop, was also identified by Marshall.
HPD Chief Kirk Giles said the other officer underwent emergency surgery and remained in critical condition at 10 p.m. The female shooting victim is at the hospital receiving treatment.
Juan Robert Laws, 24, has been charged with capital murder of a law enforcement officer by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). Just before 11 p.m., he was booked into the Madison County Prison.
“This is a devastating loss for our department, the Huntsville community, and the State of Alabama, HPD Chief Kirk Giles said. “We send our heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family as they mourn their loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice.
As we grieve with our fallen officer’s family, another officer fights for his life. Please keep all our officers and the entire department in your prayers.”
“This is a difficult night for the City of Huntsville and our law enforcement family,” Mayor Tommy Battle stated. “We are devastated. Our grief cannot be expressed in words.
Our community’s outpouring of compassion and support astounded us, and we stand in solidarity with our officers and their families during this awful time.”
On Tuesday night,
Dr. Tyler Berryhill of Madison County Coroner’s Office transported Crumby to Huntsville’s Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
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