TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a Tuscaloosa police officer has died and the wanted felon he was pursuing is in custody after a shootout.
Al.com reports 40-year-old officer Dornell Cousette had come to arrest a man who failed to appear in court on felony warrants. A bail bondsman was at the scene. The suspect ran inside a house instead and Cousette pursued him. Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said shots were fired, fatally wounding the officer.
The 20-year-old suspect, also wounded, fled and was arrested at a hospital. His identity and the extent of his injuries were not immediately released.
Cousette was an Army veteran who had been with the police department for 13 years. He was engaged and had two daughters.
Our thoughts and prayers tonight remain with this Tuscaloosa PD Officer who was yet another victim of violence against law enforcement while in the line and now fights for life. We hold vigil for him, his family, and all of TPD. https://t.co/YnxLsDeyrD
— U.S. Attorney Jay Town (@USAttyTown) September 17, 2019