Local law enforcement, officials react to death of Lowndes County Sheriff

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Law enforcement agencies and officials all across north Alabama have issued statements after the shooting death of Lowndes County Sheriff John ‘Big John’ Williams.

Williams was killed in the line of duty around 8 p.m. at the QV gas station in Hayneville, around 20 miles southwest of Montgomery.

The Limestone County Commission said it shares in the sadness over Williams’s death.

“The Limestone County Commission shares in the sadness of our friends in Lowndes County over the tragic loss of Sheriff John Williams. We offer our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Lowndes County Commission.”

Alabama State Representative Andy Whitt said Williams “spent many long days working the hallways of Montgomery.”

“Condolences for his family, fellow officers, and our friends of Lowndes County,” Whitt said. “Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams spent many long days working the hallways of Montgomery on behalf of his brothers in blue. #ThinBlueLine

Huntsville Police said they will be draping their badges starting Sunday.

Muscle Shoals Police tweeted their thoughts and prayers to family and friends of Williams.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office began draping their badges Sunday, and Sheriff Ron Puckett said he knew Williams personally.

“Over the last 10 months, I had the pleasure of interacting with him on several occasions and in each interaction, it was clear that he passionately cared for the people he led and served,” Puckett said.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office announced they too will be draping their badges in Williams’s honor beginning Sunday.

Sheriff Kevin Turner called Williams a “gentle giant.”

“This is a sad day for all Alabama law enforcement.  Sheriff Williams, who is known to his friends and colleagues as Big John, was a gentle giant who loved serving his community. He was a great asset to law enforcement and never hesitated to offer a helping hand to those in need.  If you ever met him you couldn’t help but like him, and I considered him a personal friend.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Office stands with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, the Williams family, and the community Big John served.”

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