The wife of an Alabama police officer has been charged with murdering her husband.
It happened in a domestic incident on Thursday night in Gardendale, Alabama – north of Birmingham.
Police say they arrived at the scene and found a man “suffering from a gunshot wound”. He was rushed to the emergency room and pronounced dead on Friday morning.
He’s identified as 42-year-old Officer Andrew Kimbrel, who served as a patrol officer, school resource officer and evidence technician for the Vestavia Hills Police Department.
“During the initial investigation we discovered the victim was a police officer with the Vestavia Hills Police Department,” police said. “We can tell you the incident was domestic in nature.”
The department put out a statement expressing their grief.
“Andy was loved by his fellow officers and the community in which he chose to protect. The Vestavia Police Department extends our gratitude to the community for their outpouring of support during this difficult time,” the statement read.
Gardendale police posted a followup Facebook post that a warrant was secured for the arrest of his wife.
Stephanie Nicole Keller, 43, was arrested and charged with murder.
She’s being held on a $100,000 bond. The officer is survived by two children.
Kimbrel’s death marks the second murder of a police officer in three days.
On Saturday night, K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon of the Mooresville Police Department was killed.
It happened just after 10 p.m. in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Police made the announcement on Facebook early Sunday morning.
Police say he was shot during a routine traffic stop on West Plaza Drive. He was rushed to the hospital, but later did from his injuries. Sheldon had been on the department for six years.
They say the suspect took off but was later found in a nearby apartment. Police entered the home and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot would.
The investigation is ongoing between local and state departments. Police say they’ll be releasing more details soon.
Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon: End of Watch – May 4, 2019
Our team at Law Enforcement Today takes the passing of each and every single police officer to heart. We pray for them and for their families. This prayer was sent to us last year, and we believe it’s important to share it in memory of the fallen and all those who serve and protect.
A Police Officer’s Prayer: (Author Unknown)
Oh Almighty God,
Whose Great Power and Eternal Wisdom Embraces the Universe,
Watch Over All Policemen and Law Enforcement Officers.
Protect Them from Harm in the Performance of Their Duty to Stop Crime, Robberies, Riots, and Violence.
Help Them Keep Our Streets and Homes Safe Day and Night.
We Recommend Them to Your Loving Care Because Their Duty is Dangerous.
Grant Them Your Unending Strength and Courage in Their Daily Assignments.
Protect These Brave Men and Women,
Grant Them Your Almighty Protection,
Unite Them Safely with Their Families After Duty Has Ended.