Alabama Police Officer Another was killed and another seriously wounded after being shot by a man holed up in an apartment, authorities said.
Huntsville Police Deputy Chief Michael Johnson told the media that the two officers with the Huntsville Police Department were killed Tuesday afternoon, while responding to a report of a woman being shot in an apartment complex. The man shot and beat the two officers. then He barricaded himself inside an apartmentJohnson said, before he was arrested.
The officers were taken to the hospital, city officials said in a news release, where one succumbed to his injuries and the other underwent emergency surgery and was in critical condition. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency The dead officer was identified as Officer Garrett Crombie.
“This is a devastating loss for our department, the community of Huntsville, and the state of Alabama,” Huntsville Police Chief Kirk Giles said in a statement. “While we mourn the family of the fallen officer, we have another officer fighting for his life. Please keep all of our officers and the entire department in your prayers.”
Crumby was a three-year veteran of the Huntsville Police Department, and previously served an eight-year term with the Tuscaloosa Police DepartmentAlabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said. Marshall said he and the other officer were ambushed by a suspected gunman when they arrived at the scene of a domestic violence call.
“My son was born to be in public service,” Crombie’s mother, Jean Sherman, told WVTM. “It was Jarrett’s dream as a little kid to return the favor.” She said her son was a volunteer firefighter before switching to police work.
“He was a gentle soul, the kind of police officer other officers want,” she said.
The shooting suspect was arrested just over an hour after the officers were shot, according to city officials. He was taken to hospital for treatment before being transferred to prison.
Prison records show that Juan Robert Luz, 24, was arrested by the Department of Defense Alabama Law Enforcement Agency He was booked into the Madison County Jail for the first degree murder of a law enforcement officer. He was being held without bond. The attorney for the law did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The officers gathered in prayer outside the hospital where the officer was taken and later surrounded a session that called for his body to be removed for an autopsy.
“This is a painful night for the city of Huntsville and for the police family,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “We are grieving. Words cannot express our loss. We are overwhelmed by the show of love and support from our community, and we stand united with the police officers and their families at this tragic moment.”