JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. - The Kimberly Police officer fatally shot during an early Wednesday morning interstate pursuit has been identified as Nick O’Rear. According to authorities, O’Rear was a father of two, with one on the way. He had served with the department for a year at the time of his death.
His mother, father, wife, and other family members were present during the press conference. No funeral arrangements have been announced.
Out of respect for the family at this difficult time, the officer’s name will not be released until they are ready. Let us all give them time to reconcile this tragedy by showing our respectful patience.
— U.S. Attorney Jay Town (@USAttyTown) February 5, 2020
The suspect, identified as Preston Cheyenne Johnson, was booked at 5:39 a.m. in the Jefferson County Jail. He's being held without bond. The mayor of Kimberly announced that Capital Murder charges are pending against Johnson.
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) has confirmed that a Kimberly police officer was shot Tuesday night.
AACOP says the officer has been transported to UAB Hospital for treatment.
A Blue Alert was issued in the state as authorities are searching for a black 2003 BMW 325 ISA with Alabama tags “2495AS2.”
The alert was for 37-year-old Preston Chyenne Johnson. He and three other suspects are in custody according to the Warrior Police Department. They were captured near Hwy 78 in Dora.
Warrior PD says the suspect is in custody and they also have 3 other people who were in the car with the suspect, “in custody”.
— Bill Partridge 🇺🇸 (@ChiefBPartridge) February 5, 2020
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall confirmed in a Tweet Wednesday morning that the officer was critically injured during a pursuit on I-65.
Tonight, an officer of the Kimberly Police Department was shot during a pursuit on Interstate 65. The officer was critically injured from the gunfire, and rushed to UAB Hospital. Please pray for the officer and the officer’s family. #ThinBlueLine pic.twitter.com/0OtiJkzoqO
— AG Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) February 5, 2020
Johnson had recently been arrested for being in possession of a stolen car that also contained drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested Oct. 31, 2019 and charged with first-degree stolen property, possession with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was also in possession of 13 grams of meth and an AR-15 at the time of his arrest. As a convicted felon, Johnson is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was scheduled to appear in court March 2, according to court documents.
No other information has been released at this time.