UPDATE: Kimberly Police Officer Dies, Suspect Charged with Capital Murder
A North Alabama police officer, who was shot during a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning, has died. The suspected shooter, Preston Chyenne Johnson, is now facing capital murder charges.
U.S. Attorney Jay Town confirmed the Kimberly police officers’s death on Twitter, saying “Alabama has lost another brave officer whose end of watch came to soon while protecting and serving his community”.
Town goes on to call the violence against law enforcement “maddening”. Seven Alabama officers were killed in the line of duty last year.
The officer’s name has still not been released out of respect for their family, Town also tweeted, and will not be released “until they are ready”.
A Kimberly police officer was shot Tuesday night during a pursuit on I-65 in north Jefferson County.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall tweeted late this evening that the officer was critically injured and was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
No word on the officer’s condition at this time.
The State of Alabama initially issued an Emergency BLUE Alert related to the shooting in hopes of finding the suspected shooter, Preston Chyenne Johnson.
As of late Wednesday morning, Warrior Police confirm that Johnson and three other persons were taken into custody on Hwy 78 in Dora.
This is a developing story. Stay with Alabama News Network for the very latest.