The shooting victim and the suspect are “receiving treatment,” police said.
A Huntsville, Alabama, police officer is dead and another is in critical condition after being shot while responding to a shooting call Tuesday, police said.
“This is a devastating loss for our department, the community of Huntsville and the state of Alabama,” said Huntsville Police Chief Kirk Giles. Report. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the officer’s family as they mourn their loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The Huntsville Police Department responded to a call at 4:45 p.m. on Governors House Drive where two officers had been shot by a “criminal bystander.” saidInitially he “barricaded himself inside an apartment.”
“The offender was arrested around 6:20 p.m. and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” the department said.
According to HPD, the officers were transported to Huntsville Hospital. A second officer underwent emergency surgery and remains in critical condition, the department said.
“While we mourn with the family of our fallen officer, another officer is fighting for his life,” the Chief Minister added. “Please keep our officers and the entire department in your prayers.”
According to police, a female gunshot victim was at the scene when officers arrived.
Police later said that both the accused and the victim were “under treatment at the hospital”.
HPD he asked Residents avoided the area and closed the area to traffic amid a “heavy police presence”.
The roads have since been reopened.
“This is a painful night for the city of Huntsville and our police family,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “We are heartbroken. Words cannot express our loss. We are overwhelmed by the love and support of our community, and we stand in solidarity with our police officers and their families at this sad time.”