Officer, suspect killed in southeast Ala. standoff

HEADLAND, Ala. — Officers in southeast Alabama shot a suspect to death after he killed one police officer and badly wounded a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

Police said they got a call Friday afternoon that 53-year-old Fred Davis was firing a shotgun into the air outside his trailer. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Ted Yost was first on the scene, and Davis shot and wounded him with the shotgun, State Trooper Kevin Cook said.

Davis then shot and killed Headland Officer Dexter Hammond with a high-powered rifle before other arriving officers shot and killed him, Cook said.

Yost was in serious condition Saturday morning, according to Southeast Alabama Medical Center nursing supervisor Tracy Werstler.

Cook said it was too early to determine what Davis’ motive might have been. He said investigators were talking to family members to learn what they could about him. The shotgun and rifle were the only weapons he had, the trooper said.

He said police and deputies from at least a half-dozen communities responded.

“We are a very tight-knit family,” he said. “When you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.”

Hammond was the former police chief in nearby Midland City.

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