We are just learning that a Florence, Alabama police officer was shot in the face early Monday morning, and the suspect involved is now dead.
A Florence police officer was shot early this morning and the suspect is dead.
Officer Brian Berry was shot in the face at the intersection of Cox Creek Parkway and Cloverdale Road in Florence.
The suspect was identified by Florence police Chief Ron Tyler as Mathew Hall McCravy.
The officer returned fire, but it is not clear if McCravy was hit, a social media post by the Florence Police Department said.
The suspect fled the scene, and the officer was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital, Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said.
Florence police noticed a vehicle similar to McCravy’s vehicle about 30 minutes after the shooting. Officers pursed the vehicle for a short time, until the chase ended in the Chisholm Hills Church of Christ parking lot.
When approaching the car, officers heard a single gunshot. They found McCravy dead in the car of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Appling said.
Berry is alert and talking in the hospital.
The State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case. All findings in the investigation will be handed over to the Lauderdale County District Attorney.
Florence Police have requested the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation regarding an officer involved… https://t.co/ogYTLetQjj
— Florence Police Dept (@florence_pd) April 17, 2016
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