MOODY, Alabama – A Moody police officer has been shot and killed Tuesday night, Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt reports.

Sgt. Stephen Williams is the officer identified in this shooting. It happened around 9 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel, Chief Hunt reports. At this time, authorities are not releasing details as far as the motive or what the initial call was for when Sgt. Williams reported to the motel.

Moody Police Officer, Crave Monger
Moody Police Officer, Crave Monger

Authorities have two suspects in custody, one man and one woman.

During the investigation, CBS 42 reporter Malique Rankin at the scene heard loud bangs. Chief Hunt reports the sound was most likely tear gas being thrown inside the motel room to make sure all possible suspects were out.

The fallen police officer, Williams, was a 23-year veteran and worked three years with the Moody Police Department, Hunt reports. He was the night-side sergeant. When describing Williams, Chief Hunt said, “oh, he was awesome.” Hunt said he was a good man, a funny man to be around and not long ago he won officer of the year among their department. Many of the police officers in their department looked up to him as a teacher and mentor.

Calhoun County 911 made a Facebook post that said, “Our prayers for the Moody Police Officer shot tonight.” And Gardendale Police made a Facebook post that said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moody Police Department.”

U.S. Attorney Jay Town released a statement following the death of Sgt. Williams.

Moody Police Sergeant Stephen Williams’ end of watch has come much too soon.  Our condolences and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers.  His loss is a loss for all of Alabama.  This serves as yet another heartbreaking and stark reminder of the perils encountered by law enforcement each day.”

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town

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