BREAKING: Alabama Officer Shot In The Heart

A Huntsville police officer was fatally shot during a drug task force operation on Friday.

Huntsville, AL – A Huntsville police officer was fatally shot during a drug task force operation on Friday afternoon.

The incident began at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 near the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Levert Street Northwest while the drug task for was conducting an operation, AL.com reported.

Police said that when the suspect arrived at the location, he “drew a gun and immediately fired on the officer,” striking him directly in the heart.

Officers returned fire but did not hit the suspect, according to AL.com.

Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray told reporters at a press conference on Friday evening that the fallen officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but the bullet still managed to go through the vest and directly into the officer’s heart, AL.com reported.

The officer was transported to Huntsville Hospital where medical personnel tried to save him for more than an hour before he succumbed to his gunshot wound, according to Chief McMurray.

“The Huntsville Police Department has suffered a tremendous loss,” the chief said.

He has not yet identified the fallen officer but promised to do so on Saturday, AL.com reported.

The chief said late Friday that the suspect had been taken into custody.

Chief McMurray said the police department had a history with the suspect but did not release his name or any additional information, according to AL.com.

Huntsville City Council President Devyn Keith called the fallen officer “truly an example of an officer who gave beyond the badge.”

Keith offered condolences to the family and described the slain hero as an officer who loved his community, AL.com reported.

Huntsville Police Lieutenant Michael Johnson said the murdered officer was a long-time veteran of the police force who was assigned to the drug task force.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Madison Police Department stepped in to answer police calls for the Huntsville Police Department after the shooting, AL.com reported.

“We want to make sure their officers have time to go and be with each other and grieve and do what they need to do and not have to worry about what’s going on out here," Madison County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Stacy Bates said. “Let us handle that.”

This marks the sixth officer killed in the line of duty in Alabama in 2019, according to AL.com.

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Comments (23)
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Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Vest faliure? What was the weapon and bullet round used, how old was the vest, did it have a brest plate installed, so many questions? RIP BLUE

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

I agree michael, would like to know how it got through the vest. So sad

flybynight
flybynight

So sad and so close to Christmas. RIP officer.

NowRetired
NowRetired

I'm sorry to hear this Mark. May your officer Rest in Peace.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

These coward SOBs won't see death after they kill one of us because we are too law abiding, loyal, and have too much integrity to stain the badge in making sure they resist with violence authorizing deadly force! Yes, I am glad we do it right but it still sucks these SOBs get to waste good oxygen when they should not be alive. This is Obama's legacy!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

So very sad , prayers for their loss .

Lynnetta
Lynnetta

Major vest failure! I'm concerne that the officers returned fire but no one hit the murder (suspect)!!!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Simple solution: tell the P.O.S. he's getting out until after Christmas. Tell him can be released to a family member with valid I.D.. Then ask for volunteers who WILL NOT hesitate to Execute an escaped killer. Soon as P.O.S. steps outside , someone in plain clothes and a hoodie runs up, shoots the P.O.S. in the HEART. P.O.S. Dead , case closed.

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

I am damn sick of these swamp scum repeating their malicious acts of murder and mayhem, and the bleeding heart judges and lawyers get them off. One time should be enough. And then it’s death for them. These judges and lawyers should be sued, not letting police do their jobs! Like the nineteen yr old Auburn, Al woman who was murdered recently by a swamp dwelling pos., a judge had let him out on bail for a prior kidnapping and attempted murder! The parents and police have every reason to sue the judge, the city, etc., for putting good citizens in harms way. Whiny leftist LEO- hating worms need to be used for shark bait.

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

I am so sorry about this dedicated officer losing his life. How many more?! When these officers have to go in for drug busts and even on domestic calls, they need to be fully clothed in riot gear...armour that filthy criminals cannot get any weapon through. Is there such gear? Domestic calls are always dangerous it seems, along with drug busts. My condolences to the officer’s family and the Huntsville PD.

flybynight
flybynight

Perps name not released yet. Amish privilege?

Debbie *
Debbie *

Public hanging's for cop killers. I know that's wishful thinking. But I bet these animals might think before they shoot an officer. RIP

Raymelson
Raymelson

Obama should be held accountable for the death of any officer in America an should be hung in public he nothing but a P,O,S

debluvzcats
debluvzcats

There's no longer any respect for law enforcement. It's a disgusting and sad state of affairs. My condolences to the family.

EMarie
EMarie

I am so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you all...both Blood and Blue.

eddiethekid
eddiethekid

Were the officers involved in the drug task force operation in uniform or plain clothes? It makes a big difference.