The funeral arrangements have been set for fallen Moody Police officer Sgt. Stephen Williams.
Sergeant Williams was shot responding to a call at the Super 8 Motel on Highway 411 late on Tuesday night. He and a police trainee were taking a barrage of gunfire almost immediately after arriving on the scene. Williams was struck and was later pronounced dead at UAB Hospital.
Williams’ visitation will be Sunday, June 7 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home at 1011 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham.
Williams’ funeral will be held on Monday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Moody at 962 Church Street.
Williams’ patrol vehicle is on display in front of the Moody Police Department and is being used as a memorial for Williams. It will remain on display until after his funeral service.
Williams leaves behind a wife and three children.
Williams has been on the Moody police force for three years; however he has 23 years of law enforcement service, including stops at: Bessemer, Calera, and Alabaster. He was very active in his community especially in counseling law enforcement officers on their mental health. Williams was the Moody Police officer of the year last year. He was made a sergeant last year and supervised the night shift.
Two suspects, a man and a woman from the Birmingham area, are in custody; but as of press time they have not yet been identified or formally charged. Drugs and multiple weapons were found at the motel. They have not been formally charged yet.
A press conference is expected on Friday as well as formal charges. The ongoing investigation is being handled by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).
There has been an enormous outpouring of community support for the Moody Police during this period of time.
“Moody Police Department would like to thank everyone that has reached out to our department during this difficult time,” Chief Thomas Hunt said. “Sgt. Stephen Williams was a great man and great officer! He truly loved and served the members of our community with great pride.”
“We are overwhelmed with the love and response from the community and greatly appreciate you all,” Hunt continued. “Anyone who is wishing to help with food. Please contact Bro. Brad Moseley at First Baptist Church of Moody. If you are wishing to make a donation to the Williams’ family an account has been set up at Metro bank. Please continue to pray for the Williams’ family and our Moody Police Department during this difficult time.”