‘I’m hit – I’m hit!’: Deputy makes urgent plea for help from cops after being ambushed, killed while sitting in his vehicle

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SHIVELY, KY – A 26-year-old Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy was reportedly shot and killed during the early morning hours of August 5th while working an off-duty assignment at a car lot in Shively.

Officials suspect that the fatal shooting was an ambush.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Deputy Brandon Shirley was working an overnight security shift, while in uniform, pat the Rockford Lane Auto Sales when he was fatally shot while sitting inside of his personal vehicle. The fallen deputy reportedly radioed in his own shooting, telling dispatch:

“Shots fired, shots fired… 2618 Rockford Lane. I’m hit, I’m hit…Start EMS.”

Dispatch had responded to Deputy Shirley, asking if he knew where he was shot, which he responded with, “I don’t know, radio, just start EMS.”

When dispatch asked his status roughly a minute later, there was no response from the deputy.

When EMS arrived on the scene, Deputy Shirley was transported immediately to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Colonel Carl Yates, said that Deputy Shirley was alert and talking when he arrived at the hospital.

However, Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey stated that when the deputy was brought into surgery, “his wounds proved to be too extensive, and he did not survive.”

According to Louisville Metro Police Chief EriKa Shields, whose agency is handling the investigation, there are a “couple of potential suspects”, but none of those suspects have been identified by name during the press conference held on the morning of August 5th.

Chief Shields vowed during the press briefing that an arrest will be made in the case, saying that it is the LMPD’s “highest priority”, later describing the slaying of Deputy Shirley as a suspected ambush:

“We can say with a feeling of confidence that he was targeted, and that he was ambushed. It is just sickening. We will make an arrest.”

No details were provided by Chief Shields as to why there is such a level of confidence that Deputy Shirley was targeted in the fatal shooting, but mentioned the following during the briefing:

“For police, if someone is really determined to kill you, they’re going to kill you. And that was the case here.”

When LMPD spokeswoman Beth Ruoff was reached for comment to elaborate on Chief Shields’ comments regarding the investigation and belief that this incident was an ambush, Ruff replied with:

“For now, we will allow the press conference to stand as the official statement. If/when more information is available, we will provide the information.”

Deputy Shirley had been with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office since March of 2019, having previously worked as an EMT in the city. The fallen deputy had also earned a medal of valor back in 2020 regarding his response to the fatal shooting of photographer Tyler Gerth in Jefferson Square Park last June.

Officials say that Deputy Shirley had obtained permission to work the off-duty security detail where he was killed, citing that the owners of the car lot had hired the deputy because they were concerned with various thefts and vandalism to the cars on the lot that had been transpiring.

Angela Clark Milan, who lives on the same street where the shooting of the deputy occurred, remembers hearing a series of gunshot around the time of the incident:

“I got off work at midnight, so I was already up. I heard five gunshots and a little bit later, I heard all the police cars showing up.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear shared the following condolences for the fallen deputy on Twitter, writing:

“Britainy and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Deputy Brandon Shirley, and to the brave members of the Jefferson Co. Sherriff’s Department. We are forever grateful for Deputy Shirley’s bravery, selflessness and dedication to the people of the commonwealth.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

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In another recent report, we at Law Enforcement Today shared an update in the July fatal shooting of another suspected ambush of an officer that occurred in Alabama. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SELMA, AL – According to reports, a suspect has been arrested for the ambush killing of a Selma Police officer that happened earlier in July when the officer went to his apartment during a lunchbreak on the overnight shift he was working.

Prosecutors have charged 18-year-old Javonte Stubbs with capital murder and attempted murder regarding the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer and the wounding of Officer Moorer’s significant other that occurred during the early morning hours of July 27th.

Stubbs was reportedly taken into custody on July 28th at an apartment complex located in Tuscaloosa.

Officials haven’t shared many details regarding the arrest of Stubbs, but Mayor James Perkins Jr. did credit members of the public for coming forward with tips following the fatal shooting of the officer. The mayor added that as a result, an arrest was achieved within 24 hours:

“The state stepped up and did exactly what was supposed to be done. The consequence is that within 24 hours there was an arrest.”

Suspect arrested in ambush murder of Selma Police officer
Javonte Cornuis Stubbs – Chilton County Jail

A possible motive for the shooting has also not been cited, nor have officials stated what – if any – connection the victim had with the suspect arrested for his murder.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson did note that Subbs was at one point a star football player at Selma High School. Local news outlet Selma Sun reported back in February of 2021 that Stubbs was an “all-state performer” and inked an athletic scholarship for Peru State College.

Stubbs us currently at the Chilton County Jail and has a hearing scheduled for July 30th in Selma.

The identity of Officer Moorer’s significant other that was injured in the shooting has still not been released, nor have the specifics of the extent of her sustained injuries been expanded upon.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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We at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on Officer Moorer’s killing the day of the incident. Here’s the previous report affording more background on the case and circumstances of this young officer’s death.

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SELMA, AL – A 25-year-old Selma Police officer was fatally shot, and his significant other injured, at his apartment during the early morning hours of July 27th.

No suspects are in custody as of this writing, nor have officials speculated on a potential motive as the investigation is in the early stages.

Authorities say that sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m., 25-year-old Officer Marquis Moorer was on-duty when he stopped by his apartment at Selma Square Apartments for his lunch break.

An unidentified suspect reportedly approached Officer Moorer and opened fire, fatally shooting the officer, and also injuring a woman identified as the officer’s significant other who was inside of the apartment at the time of the incident.

The severity of the woman’s injuries is unclear as of this time, but she was reportedly transported to an area hospital.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson spoke highly of Officer Moorer, calling him an “outstanding officer” when commenting on the incident and investigation:

“He was an outstanding officer. He took his job very seriously.”

Though police don’t have a suspect in custody, DA Jackson confirmed that when apprehended, the suspect will be charged with capital murder and attempted murder.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shared a statement regarding Officer Moorer’s passing, highlighting the dangers officers face everyday for simply “putting on their uniforms”:

“Every day, officers routinely risk their lives simply by putting on their uniforms and performing their duties to protect their fellow citizens. We must honor them and never take for granted the sacrifices they make on our behalf. I ask you to join me in prayerful gratitude for Officer Moorer as we hold his loved ones in our hearts.”

Governor Kay Ivey took to Twitter to share her condolences as well, writing:

“I extend my prayers for the family of Officer Marquis Moorer. A memo to lower the flag will be distributed to honor this hero as soon as his funeral is announced.”

Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford stated during a press briefing regarding Officer Moorer’s death that holding press briefings such as these “are never easy” and is asking the community for their prayers during this difficult time:

“These interviews are never easy but it’s more difficult when it’s one of your own. The Selma Police Department is devastated and we’re asking the community for your prayers because it is time for it.”

Numerous agencies are working the investigation of the officer’s murder, including the State Bureau of Investigation, Selma police, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, ATF and the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force.

State Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Inabinett stated that the scene of the shooting is still an active crime scene, and that further details regarding the incident or possible motive are hard to expand upon due to how early it is in the investigative process:

“Right now we have a lot of our resources trying to get to the bottom of this. It’s too early to add anything to that.”

Selma Mayor James Perkins is urging the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding the shooting:

“If you hear something if you know something, call that number and say something. This and all the other crime taking place in our community is not going unintended.”

Central Alabama Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that can aid investigators in tracking down the suspect behind Officer Moorer’s slaying. Anyone with information can call 855-75-Crime or 855-752-7463 with their tips.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight on this developing case.

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