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Gunman Who Ambushed, Murdered Selma Officer Arrested

Tuscaloosa, AL – The gunman accused of murdering Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer was apprehended by police near Tuscaloosa on Wednesday.

Javonte Cornius Stubbs, 18, was identified as a suspect after the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) followed up on numerous tips and leads and conducted multiple interviews, WSFA reported.

The motive for the ambush attack remains unclear.

The U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) officers located Stubbs at an apartment complex in Tuscaloosa, The Birmingham News reported.

He was booked into the Chilton County Jail at 4:12 a.m. on Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and two counts of capital murder.

One of the capital murder counts is for allegedly firing into an occupied building, while the second count is for allegedly murdering Officer Moorer.

The charge of attempted murder is for allegedly shooting Officer Moorer’s “significant other,” The Birmingham News reported.

“Agents and officers with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal’s Service, 4th Judicial Task Force, 17th Judicial Task Force, and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office were instrumental in assisting and supporting the investigation, along with locating and apprehending the suspect,” the ALEA said in a statement to WAFF.

Selma Mayor James Perkins also credited the community for helping law enforcement identify and apprehend Stubbs, according to WFSA.

“People – the community – stepped forward and shared information,” Perkins told reporters after the accused killer’s arrest. “If you see it, say it and if you know it, tell it.”

Officer Moorer was murdered in the line of duty as he was stopping by his apartment for his meal break early Tuesday morning, police said.

The 25-year-old officer was heading into his residence at the Selma Square Apartments between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. when a gunman approached him and opened fire, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Birmingham News.

Jackson described the attack as an “ambush,” according to the Associated Press.

A woman at the apartment, identified only as Officer Moorer’s “significant other,” was also shot in the attack, Jackson said.

She was rushed to a local hospital in unknown condition.

Jackson described Officer Moorer as an “outstanding officer” who “took his job very seriously.”

Perkins said that he and Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford met with the slain officer’s family earlier Tuesday morning.

“We had prayer and expressed our condolences to the family,’’ Perkins said.

He said Officer Moorer’s murder is a “tragic moment” for the city, The Birmingham News reported.

“The Selma Police Department is devastated,” Chief Fulford said during a news conference, according to the Associated Press. “We’re asking the community for your prayers.”

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Moorer as soon as a date for his memorial service is announced.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement urging citizens to recognize the risks law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, WBMA reported.

“We must honor them and never take for granted the sacrifices they make on our behalf,” Marshall said. “I ask you to join me in prayerful gratitude for Officer Moorer as we hold his loved ones in our hearts.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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