Two daughters are without their father, and the Tuscaloosa Police Department has lost a 13-year police veteran after a shooting this evening.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced just before 10 p.m. that Officer Dornell Cousette, 40, was killed in the line of duty.

“I ask that the city of Tuscaloosa keep Officer Cousette and his family in their prayers,” Maddox said.

Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said Cousette was serving a warrant at a home in the 1700 block of 33rd Avenue in Tuscaloosa. When he arrived at the home, he saw the suspect sitting outside. The suspect then ran into the house, and Cousette followed.

Tubbs said Cousette and the suspect exchanged gunfire, and both were wounded during the exchange.

The suspect is not being identified at this time, Tubbs said.


Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson confirms a Tuscaloosa Police officer was shot this afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

The city of Tuscaloosa is hosting a news conference on the shooting at 9:45 p.m. WVUA 23 will be airing that conference live, and viewers can also watch on WVUA 23’s Facebook or Livestream pages.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">OFFICER SHOT— <a href="https://twitter.com/TuscaloosaPD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TuscaloosaPD</a> PIO Teena Richardson has confirmed with <a href="https://twitter.com/wvua23?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@wvua23</a> an officer has been shot on Tuscaloosa’s West End. We are here now working to learn more. <a href="https://t.co/ajqq6XUXlM">pic.twitter.com/ajqq6XUXlM</a></p>
<p>— Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChelseaBarton_/status/1173751818758889473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

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