Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Tuscaloosa police officer killed in the line of duty

Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette was killed in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a wanted felon on Monday.

“Heroes come in many different forms…in our community, our heroes wear the uniform of the Tuscaloosa Police Department,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox said in a statement. “Tonight one of our heroes has died in the line of duty protecting our community. We will be forever grateful for heroes like Officer Dornell Cousette.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Daily Memorial wrote: “It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Investigator Dornell Cousette of Tuscaloosa. Investigator Cousette was killed this evening while attempted serve a warrant on a wanted criminal.”

Investigator Cousette had served the City of Tuscaloosa for 13 years and had previously served in the U.S. Army. Cousette leaves behind two daughters and a fiancée. He joined the department in 2006.

“It’s terribly difficult,” Tuscaloosa Police Chief Mitt Tubbs told the Alabama Media Group. “Every time you hear the phone ring, you just hope it’s not this call. And unfortunately today it was this call. We are a family, and it’s very difficult to take.”

The 20 year old suspect was wanted on robbery and assault charges. He failed to appear in court and forfeited bond. Investigator Cousette had received a tip about the suspect’s location. When Investigator Cousette arrived the suspect was on the front porch of the house. He fled inside. Cousette pursued. There was an exchange of gunfire and both men were hit.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Investigator Cousette died at the hospital later from his wounds.

The suspect fled the scene; but later appeared at the hospital to have his wound tended to.
Investigator Dornell Cousette is the fourth Alabama law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty this year.

(Original reporting by the Alabama Media Group contributed to this report.)

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

DIG DEEPER

Health

The protest coincides with two other protests taking place today in Atlanta and Augusta.

Elections

Johnny Cochran said he is hoping to find common ground with voters who typically vote Republican on small government and fiscal conservatism.

Prisons

Spencer is accused of killing three people including a child in 2018 eight months after being released on parole.

Opinion

These videos should give us pause as we consider exactly what the First Amendment protects and how it should be applied.