The man accused of shooting an Alabama Sheriff and Marine veteran is reportedly the son of a deputy working in a neighboring county, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
William Chase Johnson, an 18-year-old who has familial ties to the MCSO, is reportedly the man who shot Lowndes County Sheriff and Marine vet “Big John” Williams on Saturday night.
“We in Alabama’s law enforcement community mourn the loss of a dedicated brother,” Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor said of the slaying in a Sunday statement. “Not only was Lowndes County Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams a committed man of the law, but he was kind and loved by many.”
Johnson was at the gas station when Williams was dispatched to handle a call there, and a handgun was recovered from his possession.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall lamented the loss of their fifth Alabama officer this year, praising those who step into the line of duty -and sometimes, the line of fire- every day.
“Serving the public in the role of a peace officer is a difficult calling, fraught with peril, yet thankfully many Alabama men and women choose to answer the call, often times putting their lives in danger to protect us,” Marshall said in a statement.
According to KTLA5, Johnson is being held without bond in the Elmore County Jail.
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