Chief Lawrence Battiste of the Mobile Police Department in Alabama sadly reports the death of Officer Sean Tuder.
Officer Tuder was shot and killed as he and other officers were executing an arrest warrant at an apartment complex.
Officers were attempting to arrest a subject on several state, local and federal warrants when an altercation erupted. During the altercation and arrest, several shots were fired, one of which one struck Tuder.
As a result, Tudor was transported to the University Hospital of Alabama where he succumbed to his gunshot wound.
Battiste reported at a news conference that it is not clear if the suspect, who was taken into custody, is the shooter of Tuder. An autopsy is pending and the investigation continues.
Tuder’s death comes less than a year after the shooting death of MPD Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was killed on February 20, 2018. Exactly 11 months before Tuder was killed in West Mobile.
“This is a time for grief for us,” Chief Battiste said. “We are trying to make sense of how we could have another brother lose his life in less than a year. We’re thankful to those who have reached out to us so far, but this is a hard time for us.”
Tonight Alabama mourns the loss of another law enforcement officer. @MobileALPolice Officer Sean Tuder was killed in the line of duty while executing an arrest warrant. A suspect is in custody. We pray for Officer Tuder's family and his fellow officers. #ThinBlueLine pic.twitter.com/Lyc3JVPYuK
— AG Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) January 21, 2019
“Less than a day after laying to rest Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter, I’m saddened to learn of the death of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder, who was killed today in the line of duty,” Gov. Kay Ivey said.
“I extend my sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Officer Tuder’s wife and family, fellow officers and to the community he served. Officer Tuder was an exceptional young officer, a true leader and was once recognized as ‘Officer of the Month’ for his commitment to serve and protect. This senseless tragedy has sadly taken the life of yet another Mobile police officer, far too soon, and stands as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who wear the badge. To the Mobile community, know that all of Alabama joins you in mourning this remarkable law enforcement officer.”
This is the procession taking fallen Mobile Officer Sean Tuder to the funeral home.
Officer Tuder was shot and killed today in the line of duty. The suspect is in custody.
— Dana Winter WKRG (@danajwinter) January 21, 2019
Officer Sean Tuder previously served at Palatka Police Department. Our thoughts are with his family and law enforcement family. Many of our deputies worked him him and our hearts are breaking. #RIP #GoneTooSoon https://t.co/nRcvHuiTRy
— Putnam County (Fla.) SO (@PutnamCountySO) January 21, 2019
Sean Tuder served the Mobile Police Department for three years. His parents survive him.
Officer Sean Tuder is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Sunday, January 20, 2019.
Earlier today, Mobile lost one of our best and finest, Officer Sean Tuder. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this tragedy. We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community. pic.twitter.com/PTSSOHqtoj
— Sandy Stimpson (@MayorStimpson) January 21, 2019