From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TUSCALOOSA — A Tuscaloosa police officer was shot and killed on Monday afternoon, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
The slain officer is Dornell Cousette, 40. He worked in youth services for TPD. Cousette leaves behind two daughters and a fiancee.
According to interim police chief Mitt Tubbs, the officer received information on a wanted suspect at 6:23 p.m. When he arrived at the scene, the suspect fled into the house and Cousette followed. In the pursuit, Cousette was shot and the suspect was wounded.
The shooting occurred near 17th Street and 33rd Avenue in the West End area and was originally confirmed by Public Information Officer Teena Richardson.
Sources say the officer was shot in the head and rushed to DCH Regional Medical Center in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.
Police have taken a suspect into custody, according to TPD social media. His condition is unknown at this time.