Pine Hill Police Officer Shot, Suspect Arrested After Standoff


By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  A Pine Hill man is behind bars -- and a police officer is shot -- after a domestic dispute escalates into gunfire in Pine Hill.

Police Chief John Brown says veteran officer Gene Starr was wounded while responding to a domestic violence call between a father and son. Brown says 26 year old Cortez Calhoun opened fire on Starr as soon as he arrived on the scene.

"As he was pulling up to the house he was shot through the windshield of the vehicle and hit in the upper chest and left arm," said Brown.

Brown says that's when another officer on the scene returned fire and called for back up. He says Calhoun then barricaded himself inside the house. He say the standoff lasted for about forty minutes before police were able to talk him out.

"This just goes to show how dangerous all domestic violence calls are. It's a wake up call for everybody in this area."

Calhoun is being held in the Wilcox County Jail on $300,000 dollars bond. He's charged with four counts of attempted murder -- first-degree assault -- and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

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