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Alabama sheriff shot, killed in line of duty; suspect named

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in connection with the shooting death of an Alabama sheriff at a gas station.

Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted late Saturday that Lowndes County Sheriff John William had been “tragically killed” in the line of duty. State law enforcement authorities had issued what they called an “emergency BLUE alert” saying they were seeking an 18-year-old man last seen at a QV gas station in the area around the time of the shooting.

The commander of the state troopers’ Montgomery post, Steve Jarrett, later confirmed the shooting took place at the QV station and that the person sought was a suspect in Williams’ death. That person has been identified as William Chase Johnson.

Lowndes County is just southwest of Montgomery. Williams was first elected sheriff in 2010.

The Associated Press

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