DEVELOPING: Neighbors Recount Gun Battle Outside Their Front Door

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Neighbors on Stanford Drive spent Friday afternoon counting bullet holes and counting their blessings following a massive gun battle on Stanford that left a Huntsville police officer shot and the suspected shooter dead.

Police officer Jason Moore was shot in the face after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Stanford Drive just after 1 a.m. Friday. Following the shooting, dozens of officers from multiple agencies engaged in a lengthy gun battle with the man they say shot officer Moore. Police say 52-year-old William Arthur Stogner, Jr. was killed during the gun battle.


Across the street, less than 100 yards away from the front door where Stogner fired repeatedly at officers hunkered down around the area, two women huddled on the floor and prayed.

"Our adrenaline was going and there was no time to cry, all I kept thinking is we need to pray," neighbor Brittany Nichols says.

When day broke and the echoes of gun fire were silenced, Nichols ventured outside to find a car in the driveway with a bullet hole in the side panel and a bullet hole a few inches from their front door.

"We just feel lucky that the police were able to keep that crazy guy from hurting anyone else," Nichols added.