Second police officer in Alabama force in a month is killed in the line of duty as he is gunned down trying to arrest a wanted felon
- A Mobile police officer has been killed while trying to arrest a suspect in West Mobile Sunday afternoon
- Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said Officer Sean Tuder was shot at the Peach Place Inn on Leroy Stevens Road around 3pm
- Chief Battiste said Tuder was with a group attempting to arrest Marco Perez
- Battiste said he did not know if Perez fired the shot that killed Officer Tuder
- 19-year-old Perez has been taken into custody while investigations continue
Officer Sean Tuder was gunned down Sunday afternoon. Tuder joined the Mobile Police Department in March 2016 and was named Officer of the Month in August 2017
A police officer has been shot dead in Alabama.
Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Batiste told reporters that Officer Sean Tuder was gunned down Sunday afternoon. Batiste said a suspect has been taken into custody.
However, he said he could not immediately confirm if the 19-year-old suspect, Marco Perez, fired the shot that killed Tuder.
Batiste said the suspect had several prior warrants.
Chief Battiste said Tuder was with a group of officers attempting to arrest Perez for filing a false police report over a kidnapping, theft of property as well as other probation violations.
Perez’s history with law enforcement is lengthy as he was arrested in July 2018 for his role in a rash of 18 car break-ins.
His mother, Tiffany Perez, was arrested Thursday night after police said she helped Marco Perez fake the kidnapping so he could evade police. She’s charged with filing a false report.
Mobile Police said 20 officers wasted a total of 90 hours searching for Perez after he was reported kidnapped.
‘This is a time for grief for us,’ Battiste said. ‘We are trying to make sense of how we could have another brother lose his life in less than a year. We’re thankful to those who have reached out to us so far, but this is a hard time for us.’
Chief Battiste said Tuder was with a group of officers attempting to arrest Marco Perez, pictured. Battiste said he did not know if Perez fired the shot that killed Officer Tuder, but Perez has been taken into custody
Officer Tuder is the second Mobile cop to die in the line of duty since February 2018.
That’s when Officer Justin Billa was killed in a standoff becoming the second Alabama officer to lose his life in the line of duty this month.
Rep. Bradley Byrne sent a tweet after the shooting, calling it ‘Horrific’, and adding, ‘Our prayers are with Officer Tudor’s family, the Mobile Police Department, and our entire community.’
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted his condolences, adding, ‘We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community.’
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted his condolences, adding, ‘We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community’
Another Alabama police officer, Sgt Wytasha Carter, 44, was killed on duty last weekend
A Birmingham police sergeant, Wytasha Carter, was killed a week ago and was the first Birmingham officer killed in the line of duty in more than 14 years.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin called for prayers on Twitter.
‘Join me in praying for the family of the Birmingham Police officer killed early this morning, and the officer who is currently in the hospital. They were shot while serving and protecting our city,’ he tweeted.
U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town issued a statement calling the shooting ‘a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers all law enforcement face while we sleep.’