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Hero Down: Montgomery Police Det. Tanisha Pughsley Murdered During Domestic Violence Incident

Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Police Department (MPD) Detective Tanisha Pughsley died early Monday morning after she was allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend, according to police.

Police and fire medics were dispatched to a home in the 6700-block of Overview Drive for a report of a gunshot victim at approximately 2:15 a.m. on July 6, MPD Captain Saba Coleman told the Montgomery Advertiser.

When they arrived at the residence, they discovered the victim was 27-year-old Det. Pughsley.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Capt. Coleman.

Investigators said it appears the off-duty detective was shot by her former boyfriend, 24-year-old Brandon Deshawn Webster, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

According to court documents, Det. Pughsley had filed for a protection order against Webster on May 22 – three days after he allegedly struck her twice in the side of her head as she was holding her five-month-old godchild.

In her filing, Det. Pughsley wrote that she ended up dropping the baby during the attack.

“His actions caused me to drop the infant,” she explained in her request for a protection order. “Although Brandon has moved out of the residence, he continues to unexpectedly show up and physically assault me. He sends threatening text messages and once he is blocked, he continues to call my phone private.”

Det. Pughsley also accused Webster of threatening and stalking her in the past, according to the Associated Press.

A judge ultimately granted her request for a protection order, which was due to expire in December, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The court did not require that Webster surrender his firearms as a condition of the protection order, despite Det. Pughsley’s request.

Webster has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, capital murder in violation of a court issued protection order, and capital murder while in the commission of a burglary, Montgomery County Chief Deputy District Attorney Lloria James told the Montgomery Advertiser.

The investigation into Det. Pughsley’s murder is ongoing.

“Our entire community today mourns the death of one of our own, Tanisha Pughsley,” Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said in a statement on Monday.

“Detective Pughsley answered the call to serve, defend and protect our city,” Reed wrote. “We stand today with her family, friends, colleagues and all who loved her, praying for comfort, peace and healing during this tragic time.”

Det. Pughsley served MPD for four years, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

She previously earned a criminal justice degree from Alabama State University (ASU), where she was also a member of the university bowling team, WFSA reported.

“We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to her family and coworkers,” ASU President Quinton Ross said in a message to the university community, according to WSFA.

Reed ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the slain detective, the Associated Press reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Montgomery Police Department Detective Tanisha Pughsley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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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