Hero Down: Vestavia Hills Officer Andrew Kimbel Murdered, Wife Arrested

Vestavia Hills Police Officer Andrew Kimbrel served his department for 17 years.

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.

Comments (15)
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jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Rest In Peace Officer Kimbrel. She will pay for her deed. I can't understand how a murder gets bond. There should be no way anyone who commits such a heinous crime against a LEO and yes, any other person-, be allowed to roam free. But a person who serves and protects should be an automatic death. JMO

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

LEO's go through so much on duty that home should be a safe haven. No one knows what happened, why, etc. It's so sad that people just can't walk away to cool off instead of killing someone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, Rest in peace.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? How did she get such a low bond??? I thought there was no bond for a charge of murder! And especially a police officer!! Once the guilty verdict is handed down, take her sorry ass out back a put one between her eyes!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wonder whether she had that wound on her mouth when she shot him.

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

yeh, I'm wondering about that also.

AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

We didn’t see her. Is there a link?

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Interesting that the article didn't mention what happened that would lead police to believe she shot him!!!

LEOWIDOW
LEOWIDOW

If it’s murder than why is she sporting a bloody fat lip? So was it murder or self defense. I understand the fact he was an outstanding police officer but that didn’t make him an outstanding husband. I’m just curious what led up to this shooting.