Huntsville police officer killed, another injured responding to domestic violence call; suspect arrested

police officer in North Alabama He was killed, and another injured Tuesday while responding to a domestic violence call in an apartment complex.

The Huntsville Police Department said officers arrived at the 4,600 block of Governors House Drive around 4:45 p.m. and quickly identified a woman who had been shot. State Attorney General Steve Marshall said officers were tending to the woman and two young children when a man ambushed them and then barricaded himself in an apartment.

Both officers were initially taken to Huntsville Hospital with serious injuries. As of about 10:30 p.m., one of the officers died. The other underwent emergency surgery and remains in critical condition. The woman is also hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

Marshall identified the fallen officer as Garrett Crombie, a three-year veteran of the department who served with the Tuscaloosa Police for eight years. The injured officer has been identified as Albert Morin.

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A Google Earth image shows the entrance to the Governors House Place apartment complex in Huntsville, Alabama.

A Google Earth image shows the entrance to the Governors House Place apartment complex in Huntsville, Alabama. (Google Earth)

“Our part of the country was reminded again this week of the pure heroism of those who form the thin blue line — the dividing line, at times, between life and death for the citizens they are sworn to protect,” Marshall said. “These two law enforcement officers responded to a domestic violence call this evening knowing full well that they would put their lives on the line to defend their colleague. We must not take their service and sacrifice for granted.”

Huntsville police said the suspect was arrested around 6:20 p.m. and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Details surrounding his injuries were not immediately available.

Madison County Jail records identify the suspect as 24-year-old Juan Robert Luz. He was booked into jail at 10:54 p.m. for The murder of a law enforcement officer.

Juan Robert Luz, 24, was booked into the Madison County Jail in Alabama on Tuesday night for the murder of a Huntsville police officer.

Juan Robert Luz, 24, was booked into the Madison County Jail in Alabama on Tuesday night for the murder of a Huntsville police officer. (Madison County Jail)

“This is a devastating loss for our department, the community of Huntsville, and the state of Alabama,” Police Chief Kirk Giles said in a statement. “We send our heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family as they mourn their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. 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.”

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“This has been a painful night for the city and its police family,” Mayor Tommy Battle said in a statement.

“We are heartbroken. Words cannot express our loss,” Patel said. “We are overwhelmed by the show of love and support from our community, and we stand united with our police officers and their families at this tragic moment.”

The department thanked the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Madison Police Department for helping answer calls within the city limits of Huntsville “while HPD officers mourn this tragic loss.”

The slain officer will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville by Madison County Coroner Dr. Tyler Berryhill Tuesday night. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning.

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the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency took over the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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