Alabama deputy dies after shooting during chase; suspect arrested

Published 5:13 pm Thursday, June 30, 2022

One of two Alabama sheriff’s deputies who were shot Wednesday night has died, state police said Thursday.

Bibb County Alabama Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Johnson was shot Wednesday along with Deputy Chris Poole while they chased a suspect in a stolen car. The suspect began firing at the deputies. Johnson died Thursday; Poole was treated and released from the hospital, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) personnel reported.

“It is a solemn day among the entire law enforcement community within Alabama as we all mourn the tragic and heartbreaking loss of Deputy Johnson,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said. “On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I would like to extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to Deputy Johnson’s family, his colleagues with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and everyone that knew and loved him. Truly, Bibb County and the State of Alabama has lost one of its heroes.

The suspect in the shooting, Austin Hall, 26, was captured after a statewide manhunt, police said.