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Mobile Officer Killed in Line of Duty

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Mobile Police Officer Steven Green was killed in the line of duty by a robbery suspect Friday.  According to information gathered by the Mobile Press-Register, the perpetrator, Lawrence Wallace Jr., robbed a Dollar Store and lit the counter on fire after dousing it with lighter fluid.  He was then apprehended by an off duty police officer.  Wallace was processed at the police station and then transported to the Mobile County Metro Jail by Officer Steven Green.  Wallace then fatally stabbed Officer Green and stole his police car.  Wallace abandoned the police car off of Dayton Drive and then fled on foot.  Officers eventually cornered him under a Dayton Drive home where he engaged in a gun battle with them.  A second Mobile Police Officer, Mark Johnson was wounded by a gunshot to the arm in the effort to recapture Wallace.  Officer Johnson has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.  Lawrence Wallace Jr. was killed by a gunshot during the exchange.

Everyone at the ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ mourns the loss of Officer Green and would like to express our condolences to his family. Our prayers go out to them and to all the officers of the Mobile Police Department and the entire Alabama Law Enforcement Community during this very sad time.  Officer Steven Green is survived by his wife and children.

Moments like these remind us all of the tremendous personal risk that all of our police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and Alabama State Troopers assume when they put the uniform on each and every day.  My own community of Moody, Al was similarly scarred when escaped Mississippi felon Mario Cenntobie gunned down Moody Police Officer Keith Turner on June 27, 1998 less than a mile from my home.  Tragedies like these serve as a constant reminder that our law enforcement officers are truly the ‘thin blue line’ between us and the truly barbaric elements that are hiding within our midst.

Thank you, Officer Steven Green for your service.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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