MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A police officer has been shot to death in Mobile, Alabama.
Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Batiste told reporters that Officer Sean Tuder was gunned down Sunday afternoon. Batiste said one suspect has been taken into custody. However, he said he could not immediately confirm if the 19-year-old suspect fired the shot that killed Tuder. Batiste said the suspect had several prior warrants.
Mobile police set up a memorial fund to provide help for the family of Officer Tuder.
Tuder is the second Mobile police officer to die in the line of duty since February 2018. That’s when Officer Justin Billa was killed in a standoff. And he’s the second Alabama officer to lose his life in the line of duty this month. A Birmingham police sergeant, Wytasha Carter, was killed a week ago.
Mobile Police: officer killed has been identified as Officer Sean Tuder. The suspect, Marco Perez, is in custody.
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— Dana Winter (@DanaWinterTV) January 20, 2019
Rep. Bradley Byrne sent a tweet after the shooting, calling it “Horrific”, and adding, “Our prayers are with Officer Tudor’s family, the Mobile Police Department, and our entire community.”
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) January 20, 2019
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted his condolences, adding, “We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community.”
Earlier today, Mobile lost one of our best and finest, Officer Sean Tuder. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this tragedy. We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community. pic.twitter.com/PTSSOHqtoj
— Mayor Sandy Stimpson (@MayorStimpson) January 21, 2019
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office added their prayers in a tweet, also sending “Further prayers for comfort for family friends and co-workers.” The deputies will drape their badges until the end of his memorial service.
By the order of Sheriff Turner all sworn members of MCSO will drape their badges in honor of fallen Mobile, AL Police Officer Sean Tuder. Our badges will remain draped through the end of the date of his funeral/memorial service. pic.twitter.com/gxsIF3ik1W
— Madison Sheriff AL (@mcsosheriffAL) January 21, 2019
— Madison Sheriff AL (@mcsosheriffAL) January 20, 2019
Huntsville Police tweeted their condolences, stating, “To the entire MPD family we mourn with you in the loss of this very outstanding officer.”
— Huntsville Police (@HsvPolice) January 21, 2019
The Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police added their condolences, tweeting, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mobile Police Department as they announce an officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mobile Police Department as they announce an officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty. The officer killed has been identified as Officer Sean Tuder.
— AACOP (@AL_Chiefs) January 21, 2019