A Huntsville Police Department (AL) officer died in the line of duty and another suffered life-threatening injuries when both were shot after responding to the report of a shooting Tuesday afternoon. Officer Garrett Crumby, 36, was killed and Wednesday afternoon Officer Albert Morin, 34, was still reported to be in critical condition.
Crumby was a three-year veteran of the Huntsville Police Department and previously had served for eight years with the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
“This is a devastating loss for the department, the Huntsville community and the State of Alabama,” HPD Chief Kirk Giles said. “We send our heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family as they mourn their loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice. As we grieve with our fallen officer’s family, we have another officer fighting for his life. Please keep all our officers and the entire department in your prayers.”
Officers responded to a shooting call at 4:45 p.m. and arrived to find a female shooting victim, reports the City of Huntsville. The two responding officers were shot at the scene and the offender barricaded inside an apartment.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted the Huntsville department. Police confirmed Juan Laws, 24, was taken into custody around 6:20 p.m. and was transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, reports WAFF.
Laws, who police say shot both officers and the female victim, has been charged with capital murder and was booked in the Madison County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
“This is a painful night for the City of Huntsville and for our police family,” Mayor Tommy Battle said following the shooting of the officers. “We are heartbroken. Words cannot express our loss. We have been overwhelmed by the show of love and support from our community, and we stand united with our police officers and their families in this tragic moment.”
The Huntsville Police Department requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) lead the investigation.