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Ala. Officer Removed from Life Support; Organs Harvested

August 25, 2011  | 

Anniston (Ala.) Police Officer Justin Sollohub. Photo: Facebook.
Anniston (Ala.) Police Officer Justin Sollohub. Photo: Facebook.

Anniston (Ala.) Police Officer Justin Sollohub was removed from life support Thursday, a day after he was shot in the head while chasing a suspect.

Officer Sollohub was taken off life support at 3:05 p.m. local time on Thursday, so doctors could harvest his organs for transplant.

Police have charged Joshua Eugene Russell, 25, with the shooting of Officer Sollohub, 27, on Wednesday. The officer was on patrol when he got out to talk to a man. He reported chasing the man, and was allegedly shot by Russell as he turned the corner of a building.

Russell is being held at the Etowah County Jail in Gadsden with bond set at $420,000. A judge set the bond for an attempted murder charge at $300,000 cash.

Source: Anniston Star

Tags: Anniston (Ala.) PD, Assaults on Officers, Officer Involved Shootings, Duty Deaths


Comments (8)

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John Jackson @ 8/25/2011 6:36 PM

What kind of court system sets bail on a gang banger that kills an officer. That should be a no bail. I thought Alabama was a bit more hard on crooks that the West.

AusFOST @ 8/25/2011 10:06 PM

RIP Officer Sollohub. Tragic waste and I just hope that the scumbag who committed murder gets what's coming to him. At least Alabama has the death penalty right, unlike us here in Australia. Thoughts and prayers with your family and friends.

Morning Eagle @ 8/26/2011 2:56 AM

What a waste of another good man. May Officer Sollohub's family eventually find peace. The charge has been changed to capitol murder so hopefully the judge will revoke that ridiculous bail setting and order that drug dealing piece of crap be held without bail. It is so thoughtful of Sheriff Amerson to be concerned that Russell's rights are being protected by having him held in a different county though I guess it is understandable to try to avoid the inevitable accusations of racism and persecution that will come from Russell's family and cohorts.

M.Conner @ 8/26/2011 3:25 AM

Very sad and becoming more common everyday. A terrible loss and he will be sorely missed. All states should have a mandatory life imprisonment for assault to an LEO with a weapon and mandatory death penalty for the death of an LEO with a weapon. PERIOD!

Jerry S @ 8/26/2011 4:15 AM

Our hearts go out to Officer Sollohub's family and friends. Also, to the great men and women of the Anniston PD.

Janet @ 8/26/2011 8:52 AM

What a terrible loss. May the Lord continue to bless the men and women in the Law Enforcement. My deepest sympathy to the Sollohub Family. "Earth has no sorry that heaven can not heal."

Kevin in CA @ 8/27/2011 12:07 AM

We all know that most cops are killed because of something they did to offer the opportunity. Once a crook is out of sight around a corner, unless you are right behind them, STOP! Pie the corner or follow the modern thought of "CONTAINMENT" instead of the chase! Be careful out there guys!

Sgt. Lamb @ 8/30/2011 6:34 AM

God bless Officer Sollohub and his loved ones. A man who died protecting lives and now in death is saving them by being an organ donor. This speaks highly of his true character. A great man that cares about the needs of others.

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