Police in Alabama have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Tuscaloosa police Officer Dornell Cousette.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 5:31 a.m. EDT Sept. 18: According to WIAT, 20-year-old Luther Bernard Watkins Jr. is facing a capital murder charge in the death of Cousette, who was slain Monday during a shootout at a Tuscaloosa home, authorities said.
BREAKING UPDATE: Tuscaloosa Police Department says the shooting suspect, 20-year-old Luther Bernard Watkins has been charged with Capital Murder in the shooting death of Officer Dornell Cousette. He is currently being held without bond.https://t.co/D0kDmAdDgi pic.twitter.com/Zc3cj2ciqe— CBS 42 (@CBS_42) September 17, 2019
Watkins, who also was hurt, left the scene but was later apprehended at a Northport hospital, AL.com reported.
WIAT reported that Watkins is still recovering from his wounds. He is not eligible for bond, authorities said.
Original report: An Alabama police officer has died following a shootout with a suspect at a Tuscaloosa home, authorities said.
Tonight, Officer Dornell Cousette of the Tuscaloosa Police Department died after being shot in the line of duty while serving a warrant. Officer Cousette was a U.S. Army veteran and father of two daughters. Please pray for his family, fiancée, and fellow officers. #ThinBlueLine pic.twitter.com/9Qnge6HH3F— AG Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) September 17, 2019
According to AL.com, Tuscaloosa police Officer Dornell Cousette, 40, was attempting to serve a warrant just before 6:30 p.m. Monday when the suspect, who had been sitting on the porch, fled inside the home. As the pair exchanged fire, Cousette suffered a gunshot wound to the face and the suspect, who also was hurt, left the scene, officials said.
First responders rushed Cousette to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, AL.com reported.
Authorities later apprehended the suspect, a 20-year-old man, at a Northport hospital, the outlet reported. Officials have not released his name.
At a news conference Monday night, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox described Cousette, who had been with the police department for more than 13 years, as a hero, WVTM reported.
"Tonight, let us give thanks for the heroes of the Tuscaloosa Police Department," Maddox said, according to the Tuscaloosa News. "Let us give thanks for Investigator Cousette."
"Heroes come in many different forms...in our community, our heroes wear the uniform of the @TuscaloosaPD.— City of Tuscaloosa (@tuscaloosacity) September 17, 2019
Tonight one of our heroes has died in the line of duty protecting our community."
We will be forever grateful for heroes like Officer Dornell Cousette. pic.twitter.com/uFORMPext4
Cousette, a U.S. Army veteran, is survived by two daughters and a fiancee, AL.com reported.
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