A veteran police officer was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with a suspect inside a home in Alabama on Monday night, Sept. 16, authorities said.

Officer Dornell Cousette, 40, who had been with the Tuscaloosa Police Department for more than 13 years, got information that a man wanted for failing to appear on felony warrants was at a residence in the 3300 block of 33rd Avenue. Cousette followed him inside and exchanged gunfire with him, Interim Chief Mitt Tubbs said at the news conference, WVTM reported.

Cousette was shot and killed. The 20-year-old suspect, who was wounded, was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital. Authorities didn’t immediately release his name, according to The Associated Press.

Tuscaloosa Police officers and Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigators work at the scene where Tuscaloosa Police Investigator Dornell Cousette, was shot and killed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 16, 2019. Cousette was attempting to serve a warrant on a man in the city’s West End when the suspect opened fire. Cousette was able to return fire, wounding the shooter. The suspect was later taken into custody by Tuscaloosa Police. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

“Everybody loved him. You could tell by the number of people that arrived at the hospital when we got the news. He was well thought of throughout the department. He was a hero,” Tubbs said.

“Hero’s come in many different forms … in our community, our heroes wear the uniform of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Tonight one of our heroes has died in the line of duty,” Walt Maddox, the city’s mayor, said in a statement on City of Tuscaloosa’s Facebook page.

Cousette had two daughters and was engaged. He was the fourth Alabama police officer killed in the line of duty in the state this year, according to The Associated Press.

Gov. Kay Ivey ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Cousette on the day of his burial, according to governor’s statements.

“We cannot take for granted the tremendous sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make each and every day in order to keep us safe,” she said in the statement. “The ultimate sacrifice of Officer Dornell Cousette will never be forgotten.”

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