TEAM COVERAGE: Huntsville Police Officer Recovering After Early Morning Shooting, Suspect Dead

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville Police officer is in good condition and recovering after he was shot early Friday morning.

Officer Jason Moore was responding to a domestic violence call at 2024 Stanford Drive, just off Governors Drive in the city’s medical district.

William Arthur Stogner, Jr. (Photo: Huntsville Police Dept.)

William Arthur Stogner, Jr. (Photo: Huntsville Police Dept.)

The man accused of shooting the officer, William Arthur Stogner, Jr. is dead.  He was 52 years old.  Huntsville Police released his name at a late-morning briefing.

The initial call came in at 1:02 a.m. It was originally thought to be a fight between two men, in the street.  However, police determined it involved a husband and wife.  The couple’s children were not involved.

Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris said when officers arrived at the home, William Stogner came out with a long gun. Police told him to put the gun down and he shot Officer Jason Moore.

“There was a verbal confrontation, and he fired on the officers,” said Chief Morris. “The officers returned fire.  One of our officers was struck with a shotgun blast.”

Three officers fired back, and Stogner went back inside and got a deer rifle.

Chief Morris says the suspect taunted the officers, and urged one who was hiding behind a tree to come out so Stogner would “have a better shot.”

Officer Jason Moore (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

Officer Jason Moore (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

There was an exchange of gunfire while officers tried to get to Moore, who was lying in the street.  A third shift officer based with the South police precinct, Moore has been with the force since 2005.  He is also a member of the SWAT team.  He is married.

Officer Moore was shot in the upper torso, and his main wounds are from shrapnel to the face. Moore is in good condition at Huntsville Hospital after undergoing surgery for his injuries.

During the shots, Stogner’s wife ran to the house next door to take shelter.

Around 3:30 a.m. police entered Stogner’s home and there was more gunfire.  Stogner was hit by multiple bullets and died.

“Ultimately we entered the home and the suspect is deceased,” said Chief Morris. “There was no evidence it was self-inflicted,” he added later.

Police said Stogner’s wife has facial injuries from their argument.  This isn’t the couple’s first incident, Chief Morris said.

Watch several videos of our coverage here.  Click the play button on each:

Video: Shots Fired at Scene of Huntsville Standoff WHNT's Beth Jett Reports on Standoff, Shooting Update on Officer's Condition at Huntsville Hospital Some Families Ordered to Stay in Homes During Standoff, Shooting Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris Describes Shooting

Witnesses reported hearing dozens of rapid-fire gunshots as the standoff unfolded.  WHNT News 19’s Daniela Perallon talked with one neighbor, Brittany Nichols, who was told it wasn’t safe to leave her home.

Other residents along Stanford Drive were evacuated from their homes to First Baptist Church on Governors Drive.  Chief Morris thanked Dr. David Hull and the church’s staff for opening their doors so quickly.

“We knew however long [the residents] would be there, we knew they were safe and would be well taken care of,” said Chief Morris.

Stanford Drive is still closed while investigators process the scene for evidence, and will likely remain so until Friday afternoon or evening.  However, Chief Morris said people who live on the street should be allowed to return to their homes.

Update at 1:29 pm: WHNT News 19 spoke with Jennifer Stogner on the phone. She said William Stogner went by the name, “Art.” She said her family is trying to process a tremendous amount of information and are dealing with a tragic event. She said the family is grieving the loss of one of their relatives and they are praying for Officer Jason Moore and his family’s speedy recovery. At this time, the Stogner family has asked the media and the public to respect their privacy. 

 

93 comments

  • Jim

    I was wondering what was happening with all the police cars on Governors drive when I drove by around 2:50..

  • Nick

    The news hasn’t really done it much justice:

    This was a shootout–like from a movie!

    My guess was 30+ shots fired around 1:20AM

  • jamison jones

    Investigation! But this i’m sure, the dead man is better off dead than going thru a prolonged, drawn out court ordeal with an already pre-determined fate. Whatever his issues were, R.I.P.

  • Amy

    Glad the abuser is dead. Society is better off without wife-beating cop shooters. Thank goodness for the bravery of HPD!!

  • Angry Northerner

    Glad the officer is going to be ok.

    1. Why is the suspect’s name not being released? Usually when something happens on the North Side, you get all the details up front – name, opinions / suggestions etc. of what is suspected as happening?

    2. Where are all the usual commenters with all the negative, degrading remarks that are posted when something happens on the North Side. Is this not far enough North or is it too early?

    As a community, we got to do better and get our city (North, East, South and West) under control. Lately, Huntsville is out of control. With all the recent shootings and robberies, we got to do better.

    • LAC

      So you say we need to do better as a community, but you begin with all the negatives up front…way to start bringing things together. I would say the investigation takes a little longer due to an officer involved shooting and now the department has to take more procautions to protect us taxpayers from funding a lawsuit against the city. Maybe family members are difficult to contact and you cant release a name until family is notified.
      So keep being angry and thinking everyone is just out to get north Huntsville because regardless of facts or anything anyone tell you, you will never change your mind….

      • Angry Northerner

        The first thing written is “glad the officer is going to be ok.” But you say negative up front. The second thing I asked is why is the suspect’s name being withheld. How is that negative! In addition, the wife was home (which the wife should be considered next of kin). Therefore, family was already there. Lastly, I asked about the usual negative commeters. If that is not you, why are you commenting! Maybe you should pay attention to what is written before you make comments. However, the question was answered by WHNT that the police released it late in the morning. In addition, I never implied or stated that “EVERYONE” was out to get the North. Mabe that is just your guilty conscious!

    • Concerned

      #2. Now I wonder where are all those comments from the ones that always post their negative comments when the article gives the description of a black man? wake-up and Bubba, where are you guys at?

  • Michael

    Something tells me there are 3 sides to this story: the police’s side, the witness’s side, and the truth.

  • jamison jones

    The officer ain’t a hero yet! i used to have this one officer that came to my house all the time until i filed a complaint with the ‘big dog’..never seen him again, ever! and my life is so much better (will keep details to myself). . Hope this ain’t the case. like someone said, there is 3 sides to this story..the victim, ofiicer and the truth. we’ll know.

  • Alison

    We should all be mindful that regardless of the details (which haven’t even been released) there are family members left to deal with tragedy. I too am glad the officer will be fine! But I also have a heart for the people left to deal with the aftermath!

  • Lee

    You don’t know the family personally, He was not a bad person. Things happen in the heat of an argument. However he was not a “wife beater” as some of you have said. Him and his wife may have fought, but it wasn’t just one sided. To say your glad anyone is dead is completely stupid. I pray for both families in this situation. Before you pass your judgement be you should know everything! No one knows exactly what took place this morning except the people that were there! Keep you rude comments to yourself, Art also had a family that loved and cared for him. I am sure they wouldnt want to read all those hateful comments. Also im not saying who is right or wrong just that there is more to the story than what you read on the news!

  • allen gore

    i agree i know them personally and he wasnt a bad person..like lee said more to the story im sure

  • Hayley

    I was evacuated early this morning. I feel thankful for the HPD and all who took our safety seriously. I do pray for the officer and his speedy recovery.
    Thank You Again to the HPD and SWAT Teams for your bravery and all you do for us!

  • jamison jones

    Just want to know the outcome of the investigation before we congratulate them. i hope he’s not the one that the ude complained about of having an affair with his wife.

  • William D

    Hey screw you guys that was my moms first cousin. He wasn’t a wife beater he was a good guy. Hold your tongue before saying “wife beating cop shooter”. And whoever said that I honestly hope that god can show you a little light. That was a human being loved by many people and was killed by those who protect and serve. I guess they don’t offer self protection.

  • jamison jones

    I’ve read the story and it points to one big, very big problem in Huntsville Police Department. Crisis management skills!!!. ZERO, AT BEST! what about having a Hostage Negotiation Team? Yes, the guy had a long gun but did he have to die? YOU ARE THE SO-CALLED PROFFESSIONALS!

  • William D

    There is no reason to say such harsh words. What if that was your first cousin? Would you say I hope he rots in hell? I didn’t think so.

  • alafan 2010

    He shot a swat officer and tried to kill several others. You have a strange way of looking at things. You must have had your share of run ins with the law. How anyone can try and justify someone trying to kill police officers is ridiculous. Takes all kinds I guess.

  • jamison jones

    The etntire department needs to be RE-TRAINED in hostage negotiation. it was a fight between a a husband and wife! what tha hell is a sworn officer doing the thuggish ‘point and shoot’?/

    • steve landers

      This guy did not give anyone time to negotiate. He shot one officer with a shotgun and was shooting at another behind a tree. Yea, time to negotiate alright. You never did tell us your history with the police. Humm, sounds like it may have been an interesting one.

  • William D

    Sometimes you need to protect people from themselves. The objective of breaking up a fight is to make the fight end with no one hurt. Killing someone is literally the opposite of that.

  • alafan 2010

    Because he shot a swat officer with a shotgun. It is not that hard to understand if you were not so prejudice.

  • jamison jones

    This family needs to hire a very good lawyer. How does a dispute between a husband and wife escalate into a police officer shooting the victim to death? The entire response protocol needs to be revisited.

  • lee

    If the officers had to shoot to protect themselves that’s one thing. However there was ONE man who shot at the officers and if you watch the video, you hear an insane amount of shots. That amount of shots was WAY uncalled for. A least 30 plus shots. It’s called taking it a bit to far just because you can.

    • LAC

      And you have determined there were too many shots because you were there putting your life at risk or you determined it from the safety and comfort of you bed? Just curious

  • LAC

    it takes some real men to sit behind a computer in a cozy chair and tell the police how they should do there job! And to those saying he was such a great guy and not a wife beating cop shooter… Well sorry but facts are facts… He beat his wife and shot a cop.. Pretty much making him a wife beating cop shooter. I don’t blame the family for attempting to defend his reputation, generally people like him are probably good people and let a bad moment overtake their reasonable judgment. Hopefully you are able to remember him as he was and not in his final moments of life.

  • jamison jones

    Look here LAC, the cop is supposed to be a proffessional. He’s supposed to be part of the solution, not the problem. Now, like with any proffesion, there is always standard protocol for incidents, even for one as horrible as this. What we need to know, how big of a threat was the victim to his wife and the cop even with a gun in his hand? Does their protocol involve some negotiations with armed victims? I mean, whatever was wrong with this dude, men, he didn’t have to die!

    • LAC

      The stand off took over two hours. Don’t you think they tried to negotiate within that time? He had already shot a cop. So, again you are behind a computer, judging cops that are standing in the line of danger with a man that had already shot one cop. Seems like he was a big threat to the cops. So again enjoy your safety judging those with there life on the life, because that really takes alot of courage, I commend you Sir.

  • jamison jones

    i guess you gon’ name a street after the officer and award him ‘officer of the year’

  • Hayley

    I’m not going that far…but again, as a resident who was there to hear the shots so closely to home I do feel the HPD & SWAT officers handled the situation well. I appreciated them getting me and my family to a safe area was important. So Yes, I do credit them for all they did and all they do for us.

  • jamison jones

    The department neeeds to have a refresher course training in Hostage Negotiation. You can praise them all you want. I want to hear os a Hostage Negotiation Team at a scene like this, not SWAT! The man was having issues with his wife. All you need is some very, level headed cops with guns to brilliantly talk some one, even as deranged as this man, to a peaceful conclusion. Its sad.

  • jamison jones

    Alot of cops do their jobs ‘high on pills, especially or drunk ..i mean, they on something! that i’ll tell you. I wouldn’t be surprised if at the spur of the moment, they also became very irrational and excited with their guns, hence the hellfire!

  • B

    Very pleased to hear the officer is going to recover, but the amount of shots fired in the video I saw is unacceptable! Police officers are trained to be more efficient. That kind of gun fire is very dangerous in a public area, bullets can ricochet and hit an innocent bystander a long way away. I imagine the majority of the shots fired came from AR-15’s or similar rifles, which the bullet itself is a small caliber, but has a VERY long range, and high velocity.
    Just my opinion. I believe the take down could have been handled in a much more efficient, effective, and safer way with just a few shots.

    I understand the man had a gun and fired first so the officers initial reaction was appropriate, but it should have been a lot “cleaner”.

    • alafan 2010

      This was not T.V. This was real life with the officers were fighting for their lives. Have you ever been on the front line? Go back and watch CIS if you want it neat and clean.

      • B

        Lol really?! So it’s pretty much standard policy to fire 40+ rounds to take down 1 man with a shotgun? Maybe you should go back to X-BOX where it’s all fun and games to fire like that in public areas. I’m simply saying officers are trained to 1: no that’s not safe 2: be accurate.

  • Hayley

    Wow, Mr. Jones , that’s a very serious accusation you’re making about police officers. But that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to believe what you’d like. I’m not saying the situation was perfectly handled, but none of us were there on the front lines as the Officers were.
    Things impact people differently.
    The officers who came to my door at 2am were neither drunk nor high.

  • jamison jones

    Good for you haley, your were evacuated. The other one is dead..could have handled it better.In my opinion anyway.

    • alafan 2010

      Have you ever been shot at with a shotgun or high powered rifle ? If you have I will change my mind about your thoughts. But for now , well I think you know what I think.

    • Hayley

      Yes, it was good for me & my family & neighbors who WERE THERE and given a peace of mind during a frightful time this morning! Had you been there, or had a disturbed crying child perhaps you’d be more grateful for those who help make our community safer! The men & women who ARE Brave enough to protect us should be applauded and respected for their efforts!

  • Jean

    Some of you guys who post on here are complete tools. You either have an intense hatred of police or you have the common sense of a donkey with a learning disability.

    This WAS not a hostage situation. There was no talking him down. There was no longer anyone but him inside. He opened fire on a police officer who was CALLED to the house because a female was begging for her life. Once someone shoots you with a shotgun, talking is pretty much over. I challenge anyone on here to just stand there and take it!!!!

    The other idiot on here posted that 30 shots was overkill. I hope you would be able to be smart enough to realize that when one officer is laying in the street because he has been shot and the other one is behind a tree getting shot at, you have to return heavy fire. You return fire to get the officers to safety.

    Furthermore, the guy was a wife beater and he did shoot a cop. He can and will rot in hell.

  • mil

    my heart goes out to the officer that was shot and to the man that died
    no one knows the real facts why he acted that way drinking or drugs someone who has a problem with those issue will do things when on them that they normally wouldnt do and can be the kindest and sweetest person until those demons take control and they act crazy and do things they regret and no matter what you say and do they cant hear you and wont listen to you its the way their mind works its a sad situation for that mans family no matter what they loved him and im not saying he was on drugs or drinking i dont know but thats one of my reasons why he acted this away

  • Ih8stupidpeople

    To Jamison Jones and all the other Art defenders: Jamison, First of all I think you might be a little touched in the head…I’m close to the police officer that was shot and trust me he was NOT having an affair with this man’s wife nor was he repeatedly showing up at this man’s door and secondly the truth is this man shot Jason in the face, the truth is Jason is in the hospital The truth is Jason had to undergo surgery for his injuries inflicted by this Art guy, the truth is Jason has broken facial bones and massive bleeding, The truth is he may be facing more surgery and a life long recovery, the truth is, did I say this man shot Jason and he had not fired a round, and yes the truth is the shooter is dead because he did not submit to authority. And you keep saying he wasnt a wife beater BUT he “pleaded guilty in April 2009 to a third-degree domestic violence charge stemming from a May 2007 incident where he was arrested after punching his wife in the mouth, cutting her lip” Oh and the truth is I got this statement straight from the paper and public records. Oh here’s one more truth for you, ‘He’s crazy! He’s going to kill me!’ That’s what the wife screamed as she was trying to escape…Nuf said and that’s the truth!

  • LAC

    Chris, I saw your comments on the other story, where you know all the details because you live a few streets down. I live near boeing… Doesn’t mean I’m building planes buddy.

    The google map thing is pretty funny though.

  • Smitth40

    This is such a terrible tragedy to the Officers involved, the Entire Police Department of Huntsville and the community of the City of Huntsville. I pray that all involved will have the faith to overcome this event, have the insight and foresight to analyze this to it’s fullest and to overcome any faults that may have been overlooked during this confrontation.

  • Michael

    According to the National Center for Women and Policing families of police officers have a domestic violence rate up to four times higher than the average american family. Are we sure these are the guys we want to call for our domestic violence cases? r

    • LAC

      Who would you prefer step in for these situation? Your local barista, engineers, politicians, ? Keyboard ninjas like me Jones or lee?

      • Michael

        From the sound of it, any of those would be better qualified than a profession with four times the rate.

      • Michael

        I know, right? The last thing we need is someone in charge that looks at facts and uses them to find solutions that better ensure the safety and health of officers and their families. Don’t we just shudder at the thought? :\

    • LAC

      You probably will, I am a police officer. I have never been involved in domestic violence in my home and the thought of hurting my wife has never crossed my mind. But by your logic, somehow because SOME officer have been then I am not qualified. Not quite sure how that works. No one makes people call police in a domestic dispute so next time call you local dentist or subway shop, call a friend to deal with YOUR problem. Looking back on my career, I have NEVER went to a domestic dispute on my own looking to solve someone else problem. Ever time I went I was called, REQUESTED by a victim that can’t protect themselves, and I will gladly do those. I have me engineers involved in child porn, drug, domestic violence and many other crimes… Does that not make them qualified for anything. Police are people, individuals not a collective one that think and do everything the same, they have families children just like everyone else. The difference is they are called to help others in need putting them in dangerous situations they didn’t ask to be in because of the actions of others. And for those of you that make statements like they are all involved in domestic violence, popping pills and so on is ridiculous. They stand in danger others are scared to face.

      • steve landers

        99% of us support you and what you do. The other 1 % are really pissing me off, so I can only imagine how you feel. Try not let it bother you since it is coming from idiots that would p–s all over themselves if they ever looked down the barrel of a gun.

    • Michael

      You do that. Just don’t be surprised when the problem doesn’t go away. They’re police officers, not therapists.

  • Sheep Dog

    Thank you Lord for looking over our Brother Jason and helping him to a speedy recovery. Thank you Lord for helping protect his brothers and sisters who came to his aid in the face of extreme danger with no thought of themselves. God look over the family of the Shooter as they are grieving for their loss. It’s unfortunate that he had to die, but he made all of the poor choices that cost him his life. As for those making the idiotic comments you have no clue on what really happened, you were not there!!! All of the Officers acted heroically in confronting the Shooter and evacuating the innocent. Negotiator’s were on the scene, but unable to attempt a talk down the Shooter. They were in the process of contacting him when he re-engaged the Officers. It’s hard to talk to somebody if they are shooting at you. Officers are trained to deal with force using the equal amount of force plus one. I am thankful that all of those working third shift last night and all of those that were called out from their homes, leaving family members, made it back home. I am thankful that we did not have to bury another brother. Stay strong HPD and continue to watch each others backs so we may all see our families after each shift. Get well soon Jason.

  • brounmk

    I think WHNT should retract their statement that he had an extensive criminal history. He did not.

  • C

    It is nobody’s responsibility to judge or condemn someone to hell. That job belongs to God. No matter who was right or wrong in this situation, there is a man, that had a family, dead. There is also an officer that has been shot. It is a sad situation all the way around. How dare some of you get on here and say the nasty things that you have said. The family members can read this ignorance. They have enough going on as it is.

  • Amy

    It’s pretty common knowledge that if you FIRE A GUN AT A COP you have declared war on lawful society and have no regard for your own life.

    This man chose to declare war. He lost. Too bad.

    Anyone who would excuse his behavior and blame the police must be cut from the same cloth as the dead wife beater.

    Sorry if that hurts anyone’s feelings. Take a poll and see that the vast majority agree with me.

  • Concerned Huntsville Native

    While I am not condoning domestic violence or shooting at anyone, there seems to be some “overkill” or over zealous involvement of the police here. Seems like we may have a mini Ruby Ridge going on in Huntsville Police Department. Add that to Madison County Sheriff’s department’s pending defense of a lawsuit for beating a man who attempted to romance a cop’s significant other, coupled with the mysterious death of the senior citizen who was publicizing this abuse of power. And finally, the Decatur police department who cannot seem to stop wrecking their police cars into innocent citizens. Is law enforcement becoming the dumping ground of ex-military losers that cannot get a job at a convenience store? We need to clean house and thoroughly test the intelligence of those who want to wear a badge. All these “new people” are ruining my home town. Great jobs, low taxes and housing costs have attracted people from the four corners of the country and our crime rate has skyrocketed, Our southern quality of life has been degraded by these people. I pray for both families involved and for our community.

    • steve landers

      Why don’t you apply for one of those low paying jobs and put your life on the line every day? Yea, thats what I thought. First you could not live on their salary and second you are chickens–t. And no I am not a cop and do not know anyone that is. I just live in the real world. I have lived here for 64 years how about you?

      • Michael

        Here we go with the danger paranoia. Look, everyone knows being a cop is a dangerous job. What most people don’t know is that it’s not even one of the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in America. Statistically speaking construction workers, loggers, roofers, farmers, and roadside workers take a bigger risk every day.

      • steve landers

        OK. Are you a construction worker, roofer, logger or any of the other dangerous jobs you mentioned ? Interested in hearing your answer. I hope you don’t sit behind a computer all day in an air conditioned office.
        We all know how dangerous that can be.

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  • Glenn and Natalie Behrens

    After reading these comments I am confident in saying that the majority of you did not know this man or any of the police involved. Well I knew Art and some of the policeman’s family. Art was not a cop killer or wife beater and his wife was NOT a victim, its just always assumed that the man is at fault. I’m not defending his actions with the police but its easy to convict a man who can’t defend himself. Has anybody ask why did this happen, what drove this man to take these actions, no. I also have great respect for the police that go to work everyday knowing that they could be putting their lives in danger at any moment and hope for a quick and complete recovery for Officer Moore. Despite your feelings about what has happened one must remember that this man has a family that is still trying to come to some kind of understanding about what has taken place. The things you are saying are only hurting his family and friends and they didn’t ask for any of this they are the true victims in this tragedy. I’m not part of the family but would not have a problem saying that Art was part of my family.

  • LAC

    Fact: Art beat his wife, not just in this incident but in previous incidents.
    Fact: Art shot a well respected police officer.
    I understand what people want to up hold the image they knew him as but you can’t dismiss facts because you knew him as a better person. People keep saying he is not a wife beating cop shooter bit the facts say otherwise.

  • Jean

    He shot a cop in the face!!! I don’t need to know what’s going on in his mind. He is a lowlife scum bag who is currently burning in hell!

  • Glenn and Natalie Behrens

    I rest in knowing that God makes the judgement calls and not the people of this world.

    • C

      I agree 100%. God is the one that will judge not these idiots that have nothing better to do than condemn a man they didn’t even know. I feel so sorry for everyone involved. Especially the family of Mr Stogner as well as the poor officer that was injured. I am completely in shock at the comments I have read on this page. Our society is in real sad shape judging from the posts here. These people don’t even have the respect to keep their mouths shut at the worst time ever for this family. I was always taught that “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything.” We have somehow lost that over time. We have lost respect for others and helping lift people up when they are down.

  • Jean

    Were you idiots talking about the poor terrorists’ family members after 9/11? I doubt it!!!! This man shot a cop in the face with a shotgun. He tried to kill that officer and other officers. My only regret is that didnt kill this piece of garbage before he shot the innocent cop

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