On Thursday, an Alabama police officer was shot dead during a standoff with a suspect. Right now, we do not know what led to the shooting but a man and a woman were arrested near a Super 8 motel in Moody, Ala.
Fifty-year-old police Sergeant Stephen Williams was taken to the hospital after he was shot where the medical staff pronounced him dead.
“I heard like an AK-47,” Amar Fouda, who was staying at the motel, said. According to AL.com, Fouda was hiding in the bathtub and went out upon hearing the police siren. “I saw one of the officers, he was down.”
Williams served the law enforcement agency for more than 23 years and had been associated with this department for three years. “He was awesome. He was a good man. A good person; funny to be around,” Moody police Chief Thomas Hunt said, according to the Trussville Tribune. “All I can ask is for everyone to be in prayer for the Williams family and the Moody Police Department.”
“Moody Police Sergeant Stephen Williams’ end of the watch has come much too soon,” Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town said in a statement. “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.”