UPDATE: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Tuscaloosa Police Officer
Authorities say a Tuscaloosa police officer has died and the wanted felon he was pursuing is in custody after a shootout.
According to reports, 40-year-old officer Dornell Cousette had come to arrest a man who failed to appear in court on felony warrants. A bail bondsman was at the scene. The suspect ran inside a house instead and Cousette pursued him. Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said shots were fired, fatally wounding the officer.
The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Luther Watkins. Watkins was also wounded, fled and was arrested at a hospital. He had multiple outstanding warrants.
Cousette was an Army veteran who had been with the police department for 13 years. He was engaged and had two daughters.
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