A man suspected of shooting two Alabama deputies, one fatally, has been captured, a prosecutor said.
District Attorney Michael Jackson said Thursday that 26-year-old Austin Hall was captured in the same county where the shooting occurred. The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon in Bibb County. Two deputies were chasing a suspect in a stolen vehicle when the man fired at the deputies, shooting both, Jackson said.
The capture comes after Jackson announced that 32-year-old Deputy Bradley Johnson died as a result of his injuries, according to The Associated Press.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey called Johnson a “hero” on Twitter.
“Today, all of Alabama grieves the loss of one of our heroes in blue, Bibb County Deputy Brad Johnson. At only 32 years-old, he served in law enforcement for several years and was engaged to be married. He will be remembered as a hero,” she tweeted.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a Blue Alert on Wednesday night asking people to notify authorities if they see Hall.
Multiple law enforcement agencies had been involved in the hunt for the suspect. Local television news outlets showed a heavy police presence in the county, located in central Alabama.
“We are praying hard for the two Bibb County deputy sheriffs shot in the line of duty tonight,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement issued Wednesday night on social media.
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