Hero Down: Vestavia Hills Officer Andrew Kimbel Murdered, Wife Arrested
Gardendale, AL – Vestavia Hills Police Officer Andrew “Andy” Kimbrel died on Friday, just hours after he was shot at his home.
The 42-year-old officer’s wife, Stephanie Nicole Keller, 43, has been charged with murder in connection with his death, WBMA reported.
Gardendale police were called to off-duty Officer Kimbrel’s home in the Woodbrook Apartment complex shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday.
They found the veteran officer suffering from a gunshot wound, and rushed him to the University of Alabama Hospital.
Officer Kimbrel, a 17-year veteran-of-the-force, succumbed to his wounds early Friday morning.
Keller was transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where she was being held on $100,000 bond, WAFF reported.
The couple was married in December of 2017, according to Heavy.
The Gardendale Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation into Officer Kimbrel’s murder, which has been identified as a domestic violence incident, Vestavia Hills Police Captain Johnny Evans said during a press conference.
“Andy was loved by his fellow officers and the community in which he chose to protect,” Capt. Evans continued. “The Vestavia Hills Police Department extends our gratitude to the community for their outpouring of support during this difficult time.”
Officer Kimbrel served with the Fairfield Police Department prior to joining the VPD, and also previously served as a reserve officer with the Blocton Police Department, Heavy reported.
He worked as a school resource officer, patrol officer, and evidence technician during his nearly two decades with the VPD, Capt. Evans said.
Officer Kimbrel was previously named as the VPD’s Officer of the Year, and was known for his “humility, caring nature, and good sense of humor,” according to his obituary. “He served with valor and saved multiple lives.”
“Andy was a great, community-loving guy,” Capt. Evans told reporters. “He loved kids, he loved all people, [and] he chose this profession because he wanted to serve people and protect people.”
Officer Kimbrel leaves behind his two children, Emma and Thomas, as well as his mother, sister, nephew, and “many brothers and sisters in blue,” according to his obituary.
He will be laid to rest on May 9.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Vestavia Police Officer Andrew “Andy” Kimbrel, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.