Huntsville Police Department officer dies after being shot in line of duty

The Huntsville Police Department officer who was shot while taking part in a drug investigation has died, according to the department.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 6:43 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2019 9:43 AM

We know the Huntsville Police Department officer shot and killed Friday was a dedicated 20-year veteran of this police force.

Hearts are heavy as this city grieves the loss of a hero.

Huntsville Police Department Chief Mark McMurray

The last thing any of us want to deal with, the last thing any of us want to confront but it happened. It’s happening too often. It’s happening this way, not just in Huntsville. It’s happening way too much.

Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray was clearly choked up when he announced the death of one his officers Friday night.

"The veteran officer was part of Huntsville’s drug enforcement team, taking part in an operation on Levert Street. Police were investigating information that a large quantity of drugs was being dropped off at a house there."

"Through an investigation, including confidential informants and buys we had information that drugs were going to be dropped off at the location. We were set up at that location. When the suspect showed up, he arrived armed. The first person he saw, when he got to the residence, he drew a gun and immediately fired on the officer."

The officer was rushed to Huntsville Hospital, where a team of doctors worked for more than an hour to save his life.

Dozens of other officers, as well as the officer’s family, arrived at the hospital, praying he would pull through.

McMurray said doctors did everything they could.

The officer was wearing a bullet proof vest. But unfortunately at least one bullet hit the officer in an unprotected spot.

The name of the officer has not yet been released.

Huntsville police have scheduled a news conference for noon Saturday.

You can watch it live on WAAY 31.

From earlier: 

The Huntsville Police Department who was shot while taking part in a drug investigation has died, according to the Chief Mark McMurray.

The name of the officer has not yet been released, though earlier Friday the department said he had served the community for almost 20 years.

Doctors at Huntsville Hospital worked for more than an hour to save the officers life, but his injuries were too great, the police department said.

Police were investigating information that a large quantity of drugs was being dropped off at a residence and say the officer was shot when the suspect saw him.

A suspect in the case is in custody.

The shooting occurred on Levert Street about 4:30 p.m.

Stay with WAAY 31 on air and WAAYTV.com online for updates as we get them.

Read more about the shooting here

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