Teen to be charged with capital murder in fatal shooting of Alabama police officer

The teenager accused of shooting and killing an Alabama police officer will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.

Marco Perez, 19, fatally shot 30-year-old Officer Sean Tuder Sunday afternoon as police tried to arrest him on a previous charge in Mobile, according to authorities. Perez had skipped on a court appearance earlier this month for a stolen firearm charge and had been on the run for about two weeks, Fox 10 reported.

District Attorney Ashley Rich announced the charges hours after Tuder was pronounced dead and said she will ask a judge to hold Perez in jail without bond, according to the station.

The Mobile County District Attorney’s office called Tuder “one of its finest officers” in a tweet.

“This tragedy is a stark reminder of the dangers that the brave men and women of law enforcement face everyday,” the tweet read. “Please keep Officer Sean Tuder’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Tuder was named the Mobile Police Department’s Officer of the Month in 2017. He had been working at the force for nearly two years before his death.

It was already the second shooting of a law enforcement officer in Alabama this month. A Birmingham police sergeant, Wytasha Carter, was killed last week.

 

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