BREAKING: Alabama Officer Killed In Gun Battle With Fugitive

A Tuscaloosa police officer was fatally shot while attempting to capture a fugitive on Monday night.

Tuscaloosa, AL – A Tuscaloosa police officer was fatally shot Monday evening while attempting to apprehend a fugitive.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Tuscaloosa Police Assistant Chief Mitt Tubbs held a press conference late on Monday night to share brief details of the tragedy.

Chief Tubbs said that Tuscaloosa Police Investigator Darnell Cousette received information at about 6:23 p.m. on Sept. 16 that a wanted suspect had been spotted in the 1700-block of 33rd Avenue on the west side of the city.

Investigator Cousette, 40, responded to the location and saw the suspect on the front porch of the house that had been identified.

“The suspect fled into the house and Officer Cousette followed,” the chief said. “Once inside the house, gunshots were exchanged. Officer Cousette was hit, and the suspect was also wounded in the exchange.”

Chief Tubbs said that there was a bail bondsman on the scene when the officer was shot because the suspect was wanted on a number of felony warrants for failure to appear.

Investigator Cousette was shot in the face, according to AL.com.

He was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The suspect was also transported to the hospital but no information on his condition was available, AL.com reported.

Investigator Cousette was a more than 13-year veteran of his department and a U.S. Army veteran.

“Hero’s come in many different forms,” the mayor told reporters. “Tonight one of our heroes has died in the line of duty.”

Chief Tubbs said called Investigator Cousette a hero, and said that he had two daughters and was engaged to be married.

“He was a great officer, everybody loved him,” the chief said. “You could tell by the number of people that arrived at the hospital when we got the news.”

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Comments (29)
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Justretired
Justretired

RIP brother, god bless. Hope that peice of shit rots in hell with worms crawling out of his scull.

tlcherry23
tlcherry23

Rest In Peace.. So senseless.

Retired dispatcher
Retired dispatcher

Deepest sympathy to family and friends, Rest In Peace you have earned your wings Praying for the safety of all LEOs

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

Sorry to hear brother, Rest In Peace and May comfort come to your family and department during this time of sadness. The brothers and sisters are out there, and they will get payback. Get some brothers and sisters, and be safe.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“Greater love hath no man....” His service continues in the example he set. Those left behind are both humbled and inspired. Too brave to step back. Too young to be gone. Thank you, Sir.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Rest In Peace my brother! May God be with your 2 daughters and the rest of your family.

Alison1970
Alison1970

Rest in Peace Hero, and thank you for your Service. My heart goes out to your family and I'm praying for them.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

RIP officer. May your memory be eternal. 😔

Eepowell
Eepowell

R.I.P brother prayers go out to the family!

Jbetty
Jbetty

Prayers to his family! If the pos who shot him is still alive he needs to be hung to send a message to others that shooting our police officers will not be tolerated!

Firefighter1472
Firefighter1472

I hope that piece of shit gets hung and shot in the stomach till he dies.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

gfc1963
gfc1963

RIP Officer Cousette. Respect from the UK.

VicG
VicG

Rest in Peace Brother...

sizzle937
sizzle937

RIP HERO

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Rip officer..your life mattered

We9erfam
We9erfam

Another scum bag with a gun kills another Leo RIP INVESTIGATOR.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sad. Sounds like the officer should have waited for backup, but he acted like a hero and died a hero's death.

I hope that whoever gave / sold / had-stolen the gun used to shoot the officer in the face goes to prison for a long time as an accomplice to murder. Lock those guns up in a safe, people! When you don't policemen end up dead and their children fatherless!

Darkwing219
Darkwing219

RIP Brother May Saint Michael be with you and keep you and your family

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Rest in Peace Officer Cosette. Praying for his family & friends who lost of a good man.

Justretired
Justretired

Hell of a man to return fire after being hit in the head. Prayers for you brother.

ikaika
ikaika

You will be remembered, Officer Cousette, and you will live on in your daughters. Thank you for your service.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

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

lmr111702
lmr111702

Rest in the peace of the Lord Officer Cousette. May your family find peace.

bronx163
bronx163

MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO OFFICERS FAMILY AND HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE @ TUSCALOOSA POLICE DEPARTMENT.
STAY STRONG.

barry1817
barry1817

my preference for happy endings is body bag for the criminal. This is a sad day. So tell me again what was he doing out and about. OOOH I know, liberals that don't think this person should be in jail. Drawn and quartering would be too good for this vile scum of the earth. and tellme again who is going to be paying the court costs, the legal defense, the jail time. Must be one of those creatures of god, like MS-13 that Pelosi so loves, so loves that she lives with security in gated estates far from the problems.