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Posted on:    21 Feb, 2018       Views:  655

Mobile Police officer shot and killed at USA Medical Center

According to WKRG News 5, a mobile police officer was taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center because he was shot in Crawford Lane and Avandel Court. The SWAT Team is working on the scene at a home near where the officer was shot in the Toulminville community. It appears that a person related to shooting blocks himself in a house near this scene, according to WKRG. A police officer was shot and killed late Tuesday night in Mobile, Ala., and the suspect also died after barricading himself in a home, police said. The slain officer was identified as Justin Billa, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said. Battiste identifed the shooter as Robert Hollie.

Mobile Police officer shot and killed at USA Medical Center

Billa had been responding to the home of a suspect in another homicide earlier in the evening, authorities said.  

In that incident, a woman was found dead in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound. Police quickly identifed Hollie, her ex-husband, as a "person of interest" in that killing and went to a home associated with Hollie, Battiste said.

Billa and other officers were establishing a perimeter around Hollie's residence when Billa was shot, police said.

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After shooting Billa, Hollie barricaded himself in the home at approximately 12:30 a.m. local time as SWAT units descended on the area, police said. The barricade situation ended approximately two hours later.

Chief Battiste said his officers fired shots at the suspect, but it was unclear if he died from those shots or self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

The slain woman's daughter, Octavia Poellnitz, identified her mother as Fonda Poellnitz and said there was bad blood between the two.

"He didn't love my momma," the daughter reportedly said.

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Billa, who had been an officer since January 2016, won the MPD's Police Officer of the Month award in June 2016, according to local reports.

Officers were seen early Wednesday embracing and consoling each other outside University of South Alabama Medical Center before Billa's death was announced.

Mobile Police officer shot and killed at USA Medical Center

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