SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall honored Sgt. Nick Risner, the officer who was killed in the line of duty on October 2, 2021, following a pursuit that ended in a shootout with suspect Brian Lansing Martin.

The event was held at the Sheffield Police Department. Police Chief Ricky Terry gave remarks on Sgt. Risner’s legacy and his time with the Sheffield Police Department. Later, Attorney General Marshall honored Sgt. Risner for his service and gave Risner’s family a commemoration in recognition of Sgt. Risner’s sacrifice.

Attorney General Marshall later restated his support of the Sgt. Nick Risner Act which was signed into law in early April.

“We need to make sure that public safety is that decision maker in deciding who it is that’s released upon our street,” Marshall said. “Sergeant Risner’s death highlighted an area that was a gap in our law, and this is a good step forward.”

Sgt. Nick Risner & K9 Wiske

Sgt. Risner was killed in the line of duty on October 2, 2021, following a pursuit that ended in a shootout with suspect Brian Lansing Martin.

Brian Lansing Martin was accused of murdering a Sheffield Police Officer
(Morgan County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Lieutenant Max Dotson was also injured in the incident.

Lt. Max Dotson

Following Risner’s death, his K9 partner “Wiske” was retired to live with his family.