January 16, 2021

Alabama police officer wounded, suspect killed in shootout

A shooting left an Alabama police officer wounded and a suspect dead Thursday night.

News outlets reported the gunfire involved a police officer from Ozark in southeast Alabama.

A statement posted on social media by the sheriff’s office in neighboring Houston County said an officer was wounded while on the scene of a call Thursday night.

The officer was taken to a hospital and a suspect was killed, but authorities haven’t released further details.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the state’s top law enforcement official, tweeted a message asking for prayers for the injured officer.

Neither police nor city officials in Ozark immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

The city, home of the Army’s Fort Rucker training base, is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Montgomery.