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BREAKING: MPD officer shot has died, suspect also dead – WKRG

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) –  


Article was updated at 2:28 a.m. to include new information.

A Mobile police officer was shot late Tuesday evening and rushed to the University of South Alabama Medical Center.

The shooting happened on Avondale Court and Crawford Lane, according to witnesses.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says the Mobile Police officer, Justin Billa, who was shot has died.

He also identified the suspect as Robert Hollie who had is dead. It is unknown how he died, if it was self inflicted or by police. 

SWAT teams arrived on the scene around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after a person barricaded themselves in a home. An officer tells News 5 the barricade situation “has been resolved” at around 2:45 a.m.

The shooting suspect is also connected to a woman’s body found Tuesday evening on West Ridge Road, according to an email sent to city officials by the Mobile Police Department.

The woman’s daughter Octavia Poellnitz, identified her mother as Fonda Poellnitz.  She believes her mother’s ex-husband, Robert Hollie is the person barricaded in the home at 2052 Avondale Ct. “He didn’t love my momma,” the daughter said. 

There continues to be a large police presence on Avondale Court and the USA Medical Center.

The officers outside of the USA Medical Center could be seen removing their hats and bowing their heads around 2:10 a.m. The officer’s condition is still unknown. 

News 5 is reaching out to city officials who are offering their support for the Mobile Police Department.

Mobile City Councilman Levon Manzie, who represents District 2, said, “My thoughts and prayers are with this officer and his family. I’m not aware of his condition. I’m praying for the officer. I pray for the officers each and every day.” 

Councilman Fred Richard, District 1, also offered his support, “I am concerned about the officer’s family, and I’m concerned about the rest of the officers who on a daily basis put their lives on the lives for the city.”

News 5 has continuing coverage on-air, on WKRG.com, and the WKRG Facebook page.

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