From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TUSCALOOSA — The United States Attorney of Alabama’s Northern District released a statement regarding the shooting death of a Tuscaloosa Police officer.
Dornell Cousette, 40, was shot and killed on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, after he entered a home to arrest a wanted suspect. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town sent his condolences.
“Tuscaloosa PD Investigator Dornell Cousette’s end of watch has come too soon,” said Town. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, fiancé, children, and fellow officers. This is yet another heartbreaking reminder of the dangers our brave men and women of the badge face daily.”
Cousette worked in youth services for TPD. He leaves behind two daughters and a fiancee.
According to the interim police chief Mitt Tubbs, at 6:23 p.m., the officer received information on a wanted suspect. 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 after Officer Cousette received a call at 6:23 p.m. that a suspect was at a home there. When Cousette arrived at the home, the suspect fled into the house and Cousette followed. Assistant Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said the only person on the scene, other than the suspect, was a bail bondsman. Sometime after entering the home, Cousette was shot in the head. The officer was rushed to DCH Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The suspect was also shot and was taken into custody. His condition is unknown.