A suspect is in custody after the shooting death of Alabama police officer Sean Tuder. The victim was following up on an investigation when the suspect opened fire.
According to Police Chief Lawrence Battiste, Tudor “was doing some follow-up work on an investigation and was gunned down by a suspect” at the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile. The suspect, 19-year-old Marco Perez, has been sought by local police for theft and filing a false police report and by federal law enforcement for probation violations.
Tuder was with the police department for less than five years, and “was really just getting into that part of his career where he started having a really major impact on not just the people in the community, but the men and women who work here in this department,” the police chief said.
Tuder was named “Officer of the Month” in August 2017 and was praised at the time for “his numerous drug arrests, with four cases being sent for federal prosecution, and recovering six firearms.”
Law enforcement has always been a dangerous job, but it feels as if incidents like these are becoming more commonplace. That’s anecdotal. Perhaps I’m just more sensitive to reports than I was before. Either way, we must support these brave men and women.