By Erica Thomas, managing editor
MOODY — The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is working to release the identity of two people taken into custody after the shooting death of a Moody police officer.
Sgt. Stephen Williams was gunned down as he responded to a disturbance call at the Super 8 Hotel, off Moody Parkway, on the night of Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Sheriff Billy Murray said the officer was not alone when he responded to the call, but no other officers were hurt.
“There were other officers that responded with him and shortly after the initial call,” Murray explained. “So, you had three or four officers on the scene within a very short period of time.”
According to the investigation, Murray said once the officers responded to the call, which came from the room where the incident happened, the situation escalated very quickly. Two suspects were taken into custody after law enforcement cleared the hotel room, ensuring no other suspects were inside. After the scene was secured, investigators said they found multiple firearms inside the hotel room.
Sgt. Williams was transported to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt asked for thoughts and prayers.
“All I can ask is for everyone to be in prayer for the Williams family and the Moody Police Department,” Hunt said.
The names of the suspects are expected to be released Thursday evening or Friday morning.