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The Latest: Man faces capital murder in officer’s death

September 17, 2019

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of an Alabama police officer (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

A man faces capital murder charges in the death of an Alabama police officer.

Police said Tuesday that 20-year-old Luther Bernard Watkins is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 40-year-old Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette.

Authorities say Cousette was shot and killed Monday night while attempting to arrest Watkins who was wanted for robbery and other charges.

Lt. Jack Kennedy says that Cousette had received information that Watkins, who had multiple felony warrants, was at a Tuscaloosa home. Police say Cousette drove by the home and Watkins fled inside. Kennedy says Cousette got out of his car and pursued Watkins into the home. Kennedy says “almost immediately gunfire erupted inside.”

Cousette was killed. Watkins was wounded.

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2:58 a.m.

Authorities say a police officer has died after a shooting in west-central Alabama and a suspect is in custody.

Alabama Media Group reports 40-year-old Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette was shot Monday night and pronounced dead at a hospital after responding to a tip that a suspect wanted on warrants was in a home.

Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said shots were fired after Cousette pursued the suspect, who had run inside the house.

Authorities say an unidentified 20-year-old suspect who was also wounded fled the scene of the shooting and was arrested at a hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately released.

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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