Bibb County mourning the loss of Deputy Brad Johnson

City Cafe on Walnut Street in Centreville is a lunch spot for locals.
It’s usually filled with smiles, full bellies and happy hearts.

But now those hearts are heavy, even breaking as residents cope with the Wednesday shooting of deputies Chris Poole and Brad Johnson.

Johnson died Thursday afternoon, and Poole is recovering from his injuries.

Austin Patrick Hall, 26, is accused of shooting them both. He was captured after an overnight manhunt not far from the location of the shooting.

“Brother Johnson lived next door to me for about seven years with his family and small children,” said retired Centreville Police Chief Mike Nichols. “So you can imagine the hurt I am feeling, and everyone is feeling.”

Centreville Mayor Mike Oakley said tragedies like this are indescribable.

“There is nothing like an Alabama small town when a tragedy happens,” Oakley said. “We waste no time wrapping our arms around them in a big community hug.”

Four years ago, WVUA 23 first met Deputy Johnson alongside his K9 partner Bodie. Three weeks ago, WVUA 23 sat down with Investigator Poole, who is the county’s first graduate of the National Forensics Institute.

In that interview, Poole said the reason he joined the program was because he cares about people. Now, those people are embracing the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

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