We are mourning the loss of a Montgomery, Alabama officer this morning after an overnight crash.
Details are just starting to come in as of Tuesday morning. So far here’s what we know.
Deputy Julius “Jay” Dailey was responding to a burglary in progress call in the overnight hours. That’s when police say he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.
The sheriff’s office shared the tragic news through Facebook.
“Anyone that knew Jay knew he was full of life.” the Facebook post says. “He was easily recognized by the big smile he kept on his face. Please keep Jay’s young daughter, his family, his friends, our community and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.”
Police have not yet released details about the crash.
In a separate incident in Alhambra, California late Monday night, an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was ambushed and is in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.
The shooting happened at the Jack in the Box at Valley Boulevard and Fremont Avenue.LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the deputy was rushed to Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, where he remains there in critical condition.
Sources tell us an off duty LA County deputy was shot in the back of the head at an Alhambra Jack-in-the-Box. pic.twitter.com/rqFB6FrnTs
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Dozens of sheriff’s deputies converged at the hospital overnight.
Police say the deputy was off-duty when the shooting happened.
He has not yet been publicly identified, but officials say the 13-year veteran deputy was in civilian clothes and ordering food when the suspect went up to him and shot him once in the back of the head.
Sheriff’s officials say the shooting was caught on video. They say the suspect was also caught on a surveillance camera from a nearby home and was seen changing close after the shooting.
They believe his vehicle is a white 2006 Kia Sportage with paper plates.
In a separate incident, police are investigating the death of another officer in what appears to be a murder-suicide in Gothenburg, Nebraska, where the bodies of two local residents were found dead inside their home on Sunday.
53-year-old Jill McCandless and her husband Jeff, 52, were discovered deceased by a relative inside the Nebraska residence according to Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman.
Jill McCandless was a law enforcement officer serving the town of Gothenburg for roughly 1o years after joining the force in 2010.
The Dawson County Attorney’s office said in a statement that the cause of death appeared to be a murder-suicide. Investigators speculated that Jill’s husband Jeff shot and killed the veteran police officer and then turned the gun on himself.
Officials from the Nebraska State Patrol reportedly dispatched to the McCandless residence at approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday where they discovered the couple inside the home, already deceased from the apparent gun shot wounds.
An autopsy for each of the victims has been scheduled and the investigation is ongoing, authorities noted. The Nebraska State Patrol is in charge of the investigation, and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Gothenburg Police Department assisted at the scene.
According to a previous story by the Gothenburg Leader, Jill Mccandless became the third woman to join the force when she accepted a position at the department nearly 10 years ago.
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Our hearts go out to the family, friends and coworkers affected by this tragedy.
“We were blessed by her love and gentle heart. Our hearts are heavy with her passing,” one Facebook user said about McCandless on social media. “Jill was a wonderful Mother, Sister-In-Law, Aunt, Friend and Officer.”
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring live updates to the investigation as more information becomes available.