Alabama deputy’s son is the suspect of an Alabama sheriff’s murder

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William Chase Johnson,18, is the son of an Alabama sheriff’s deputy. He was arrested for being the suspect of murder in the shooting death of a sheriff in a neighboring county, authorities said Sunday.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the state police department said John Williams Sr. was killed Saturday night at a gas station in Hayneville, about 25 miles southwest of Montgomery.

Johnson, surrendered at the gas station after a four-hour manhunt. He was ordered to be held without bond after his first court appearance Monday morning.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement that Williams was on duty and responding to an incident at the QV gas station when he was shot.

Investigators did not immediately say why Williams responded to the gas station prior to the shooting.

But police said Johnson fled from the gas station after the shooting occurred just after 8 p.m. and then reappeared at the scene at about midnight. Officers recovered a handgun from Johnson before taking him into custody.

Lowndes County Sheriff ”Big John” Williams

“Details as to how he fled the scene and then reappeared at the scene, all that’s going to be investigated,” Jarrett said.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office told NBC affiliates WSFA of Montgomery and WVTM of Birmingham that Johnson was the son of one of its deputies.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter that Williams would be remembered as “a consummate professional and pillar of his community.”

 

Source: NBC News

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