Thu. Apr 2nd, 2020

An Alabama sheriff was killed Saturday evening while responding to a call at a gas station.Lowndes County Sheriff “Big” John Williams died in the line of duty, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said.”Through his service to our country in the United States Marine Corps and his many years working in law enforcement, he dedicated his life to keeping other people safe,” she said. “He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community.”Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham told news outlets that Williams was shot at a gas station in Hayneville.The 18-year-old suspect arrested is the son of a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy, the county sheriff’s department told CNN.Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Cpl. Jess Thornton said the State Bureau of Investigations, a division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, is handling the investigation.The ALEA issued an emergency alert Saturday in search of 18-year-old William Chase Johnson, the shooting suspect.Alabama state Trooper Sgt. Steve Jarrett said that Johnson approached the shooting scene just after midnight and had a handgun with him. ALEA canceled the emergency alert early Sunday, saying Johnson was in custody. Johnson was apprehended and taken into custody after a manhunt, officials said. Jarrett said Johnson was armed at the time he was arrested. He is currently being held without bail in Elmore County Jail.Williams worked in law enforcement for 40 years and spent 20 years with Lowndes County.”He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community,” Ivey said.CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. —

An Alabama sheriff was killed Saturday evening while responding to a call at a gas station.

Lowndes County Sheriff “Big” John Williams died in the line of duty, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said.

“Through his service to our country in the United States Marine Corps and his many years working in law enforcement, he dedicated his life to keeping other people safe,” she said. “He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community.”

Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham told news outlets that Williams was shot at a gas station in Hayneville.

The 18-year-old suspect arrested is the son of a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy, the county sheriff’s department told CNN.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Cpl. Jess Thornton said the State Bureau of Investigations, a division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, is handling the investigation.

The ALEA issued an emergency alert Saturday in search of 18-year-old William Chase Johnson, the shooting suspect.

Alabama state Trooper Sgt. Steve Jarrett said that Johnson approached the shooting scene just after midnight and had a handgun with him. ALEA canceled the emergency alert early Sunday, saying Johnson was in custody.

William Chase Johnson

Johnson was apprehended and taken into custody after a manhunt, officials said. Jarrett said Johnson was armed at the time he was arrested. He is currently being held without bail in Elmore County Jail.

Williams worked in law enforcement for 40 years and spent 20 years with Lowndes County.

“He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community,” Ivey said.

CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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