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U.S. Marshal: Suspect in Shooting of Two Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputies Captured

Austin Patrick Hall (Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

BIBB COUNTY, AL - U.S. Marshal Marty Keely has confirmed that Austin Patrick Hall, suspected of the shooting of two Bibb Co. Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday, was captured Thursday morning. According to District Attorney Michael Jackson, Austin Patrick Hall was apprehended in Bulldog Bend in Bibb County.

Hall is being held on no bond in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for Attempted Murder/Assault/Police Officer-Gun.

Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade spoke about the deputies who were shot. Wade asked everyone to continue to remember Deputy Brad Johnson’s family. Wade said Johnson is going through the final processes to continue to save lives. Sheriff Wade said, “It’s been said that a coward dies a thousand deaths, but a hero but one. Brad Johnson was a hero.”

Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Johnson

Sheriff Wade also said Investigator Chris Poole is recovering at home after he was released from UAB.

Investigator Chris Poole with Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade

In a touching Facebook post, Current Lakeview Fire Board President Brandon Jones said this about Deputy Johnson:

Prayers!! Brad grew up in this dept. He started as an explorer at 14 yrs. old and became a Lieutenant after reaching adulthood. Actually, both he and his wife Ashley ran calls for us.

They found a home in Bibb co and moved off but the firefighter inside Brad always helped the dept and others down the road.

Please pray for Brad’s family and friends.

As Brad’s Chief I would like to say Thank you Brad for everything. You and I were not true blood brothers, but we made an oath that we would be years ago! I told Brad I was an only child and he said, “no problem, Chief, I will be your brother.”

He sure was and he would still call from time to time as would I to catch up or talk about days gone by.

This is a tough pill to swallow.

Please pray for Brad and his family/families.

The area where the suspect was captured in Bibb Co.

The area where the suspect was captured in Bibb Co.

From ALEA: Hall’s arrest and capture was a joint operation led by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division, Aviation Unit and Special Agents with ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) along with officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Vestavia Hills Police Department, Demopolis Police Department, Thorsby Police Department, Moundville Police Department, Pelham Police Department and officers with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, USMS Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Alabama Department of Corrections Law Enforcement Services Division (LESD) K-9 Bureau, all responded to the scene and assisted with the search.

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