Alabama Police Officer Killed During Shooting at Super 8 Motel

An Alabama police officer has died after being shot while responding to an incident at a motel.

Moody police officer Sgt. Stephen Williams, 50, was killed in the line of duty following a shooting at a Super 8 motel.

According to WBMA, around 80 to 100 officers were swarming the area around the 2000 block of Moody Parkway when gunfire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

Williams was taken by ambulance to UAB Hospital after being shot, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not revealed further details about what the officers were responding to at the motel. The Moody Police Department has been contacted for comment.

Williams, a married father of three, was a veteran officer of 23 years and had worked at the Moody Police Department for the past three years.

"Oh, he was awesome,'' Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt told al.com. "He was just a good man, a good person, fun to be around.

"He was very thorough in his reports, a good teacher, a good mentor,'' the chief said. "A lot of the guys looked up to Stephen."

"All I can ask is for everybody to please be in prayer for the Williams family and for the Moody police department,'' Hunt said.

Williams had previously served in the Bessemer Police Department.

"Please keep the Williams family, Moody Police Department and Bessemer Police Department in your prayers," the force tweeted.

Two suspects—one male and one female—were taken into custody in connection to the incident at the motel. No other officers were injured in the shooting.

Amar Fouda, who was staying at the Super 8 motel on the night in question, told al.com he heard what sounded "like an AK-47" from the room next door.

After hiding in his bathroom to protect himself, he checked the scene outside after seeing the blue lights of patrol vehicles. "I saw one of the officers, he was down," he said.

Fouda said he does not know why the police were called but his neighbors "had been making a lot of noise."

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Jay Town said: "Moody Police Sergeant Stephen Williams' end of watch has come much too soon. Our condolences and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers. His loss is a loss for all of Alabama.

"This serves as yet another heartbreaking and stark reminder of the perils encountered by law enforcement each day."

The shooting comes amid heightened tensions between police and civilians as protests against police brutality have swept the nation, sparked by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. There is no indication that the shooting of Officer Williams is related to the ongoing protests.

Several demonstrations have taken place in Alabama, which has seen protesters attempt to tear down Confederate monuments.

Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, declared a state of emergency in the city due to the rioting that occured on May 31.

"Birmingham, this is not us. This is not who we are. This is not how we taught the world how to protest," he said.

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Stock image of police lights: A Moody, Alabama, police officer has been shot and killed during an incident at a Super 8 motel. iStock