Tuscaloosa, AL – A Tuscaloosa police officer was fatally shot Monday evening while attempting to apprehend a fugitive.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Tuscaloosa Police Assistant Chief Mitt Tubbs held a press conference late on Monday night to share brief details of the tragedy.
Chief Tubbs said that Tuscaloosa Police Investigator Darnell Cousette received information at about 6:23 p.m. on Sept. 16 that a wanted suspect had been spotted in the 1700-block of 33rd Avenue on the west side of the city.
Investigator Cousette, 40, responded to the location and saw the suspect on the front porch of the house that had been identified.
“The suspect fled into the house and Officer Cousette followed,” the chief said. “Once inside the house, gunshots were exchanged. Officer Cousette was hit, and the suspect was also wounded in the exchange.”
Chief Tubbs said that there was a bail bondsman on the scene when the officer was shot because the suspect was wanted on a number of felony warrants for failure to appear.
Investigator Cousette was shot in the face, according to AL.com.
He was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
The suspect was also transported to the hospital but no information on his condition was available, AL.com reported.
Investigator Cousette was a more than 13-year veteran of his department and a U.S. Army veteran.
“Hero’s come in many different forms,” the mayor told reporters. “Tonight one of our heroes has died in the line of duty.”
Chief Tubbs said called Investigator Cousette a hero, and said that he had two daughters and was engaged to be married.
“He was a great officer, everybody loved him,” the chief said. “You could tell by the number of people that arrived at the hospital when we got the news.”
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