An Alabama police officer died in the line of duty after being shot by a fleeing felon on Tuesday night, Feb. 4.
The incident that began just after 10 p.m., saw Kimberly police officer Nick O’Rear, 33, shot while assisting the Warrior Police Department with a driver refusing to stop on I-65, The Birmingham News reported.
A Warrior resident who lives near the shooting scene said she heard as many as 12 shots fired in rapid succession.
O’Rear was struck while driving and crashed his cruiser. Despite being rushed to UAB Hospital for emergency treatment, O’Rear died.
Four people in connection to the shooting were taken into custody in Dora just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, WBRC reported.
Only one of the four—Preston Chyenne Johnson, 37, has been charged in O’Rear’s death. He faces capital murder charges because the victim was a law enforcement officer and because the shots were allegedly fired from inside a vehicle and into another vehicle, authorities said.
Johnson is being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
Johnson is previously a convicted felon. He was taken into custody in Cullman County in October 2019, in connection to a stolen vehicle and drug charges with 13 grams of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, suboxone, and an AR-15.
He was charged with receiving stolen property, possession with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of the controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
O’Rear, a father of two children and a third child on the way, had been with the department for one year.
“Everybody loved him,” Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock said. “He was a tremendous asset to our community.”
Flag at half-staff at the Kimberly Police Department for the officer who was shot and killed last night. pic.twitter.com/kHKu1nv5uP
— Russell Jones (@russellwbrc) February 5, 2020