Tuscaloosa Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty


Flags are being flown at half-staff in honor of a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty. Officer Dornell Cousette, died Monday night after exchanging gunfire with a wanted man inside a home according to Interim Police Chief, Mitch Tubbs. Cousette received information on the location of a man wanted for “failing to appear on felony warrants.”

When the officer arrived at the location, the man ran inside the home, and Cousette followed him. The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Luther Bernard Watkins who was wounded during this incident and has since been arrested. According to the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Watkins has been charged with Capital Murder.

Officer Cousette was an Army Veteran who had been with the Tuscaloosa Police Department for 13 years. He was engaged with two daughters. The officer is the fourth Alabama police officer killed in the line of duty this year.

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