Law enforcement officials in Alabama are mourning the loss of A veteran officer with the Tuscaloosa Police Department was shot fatally in the line of duty Monday night as responded to a report of a wanted felon in the area.
Police said when 40-year-old Dornell Cousette got to the scene, the suspect started to run and he exchanged gunfire with Cousette, striking the officer. EMS transported Cousette to DCH Regional Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead there.
The gunman was also injured in the shoot off, and was later arrested at a nearby hospital.
Cousette was a U.S. Army veteran. He was the fourth police officer killed in the line of duty in Alabama this year.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said, “I ask that the people of Tuscaloosa keep investigator Cousete and his family in our prayers. Tonight as we hug our loved ones and we think about those that are dear in our life, let us give thanks for the heroes in the Tuscaloosa Police Department, let us give thanks for investigator Cousette, and let us praise for the heroic life which he has lived and we are all honored by it.”
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