Police officer killed in “ambush” at his apartment on lunch break, significant other shot

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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.

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Earlier in July, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on a standoff that occurred in Wasco, California that resulted in a sheriff’s deputy being killed, as well as the suspect and three other victims. 

Here’s our previous report regarding that incident. 

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WASCO, CA – A Kern County Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot, as well as the suspect and three others, during a hours-long standoff on July 25th. Another Kern County deputy was also shot and wounded during the incident.

Here are the details known so far.

According to officials, deputies responded to a home located near 1st Street and Poplar Avenue at approximately 1:00 p.m. after a shots fired call came in.

Kern County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Joel Swanson stated that they’d also received reports of wounded individuals inside of the home that afternoon.

When deputies arrived on the scene, the suspect reportedly opened fire at the responding deputies, but no deputies were struck during the initial gunfire coming from the suspect.

The neighborhood was put on lockdown and SWAT teams as well as crisis negotiators were called to the scene.

At around 3:00 p.m., SWAT deputies began to approach the home where the suspect had barricaded themselves in and were met with gunfire from the suspect. Two of the deputies were hit, with one of the deputies suffering “moderate” injuries and the other deputy being fatally shot.

The fallen deputy was identified as Deputy Phillip Campas.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the suspect and deputies exchanged more gunfire, with the suspect being shot during the exchange. Authorities say that the unnamed suspect was rendered medical aid following the shooting but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Reportedly three other people were killed during the incident, identified as a 42 year-old female, 24-year-old male, and a 17-year-old male.

The suspect was only identified as a 41-year-old male, and the three deceased victims inside of the home were identified as his two sons and their mother.

The deceased 42-year-old female reportedly had a restraining order against the suspect that went into effect on June 3rd of 2021. Two adult females and two female juveniles were able to escape the residence unharmed during the standoff.

Officials stated that Deputy Campos joined the Kern County Sheriff’s Office back in February of 2016 after having served in the United States Marines.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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In Michigan, a MSP K9 was killed following a crash caused by a driver colliding with an MSP unit, which authorities believe the driver was intoxicated during the incident. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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FLINT, MI – A suspected drunk driver crashed into a parked Michigan State Police vehicle earlier in July, killing the MSP K9 inside of the vehicle while also injuring a state trooper.

The driver and two other occupants in the vehicle were also severely injured in the crash, with authorities saying that one of the driver’s occupants is not expected to make it.

At approximately 1:05 a.m. on July 25th, an MSP K9 unit was parked along the M-10 highway, directing traffic to the offramp due to the flooding that was on the highway.

According to the MSP, a vehicle that was “traveling at freeway speed” collided with the MSP unit on the highway.

The unidentified trooper “sustained non-life threatening injuries to his legs”, according to officials, but K9 Rex suffered injuries to the spine and legs from the impact. K9 Rex was transported to Blue Pearl animal hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his sustained injuries.

A series of tweets from the MSP Metro Detroit’s official Twitter account noted that the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was believed to have been intoxicated during the incident:

“The driver of the suspect vehicle is believed to be under the influence of alcohol. He has serious injuries. The female front seat passenger has critical injuries. The female rear seat passenger also has serious injuries.”

“Troopers and the MSP Crash Reconstruction team investigating the crash and have obtained a blood draw which will be tested for alcohol.”

The driver and two female passengers inside of the vehicle were all transported to an area hospital following the crash.

In an update provided by the MSP, the trooper has been released from the hospital while the driver and their occupants are still hospitalized:

“Update: The trooper has been released from the hospital. He does not appear to have any major injury. The suspect is currently in surgery for his leg and hip. One passenger is still in the ER and listed as stable. The second passenger is in the ICU and is not expected to survive.”

Officials have forwarded the blood draw from the driver over to the lab and are awaiting the results from the test and will hand the results over to the prosecutor to determine next steps regarding the driver.

No identifying details regarding the trooper or the driver and passengers have been shared by officials as of this writing.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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

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