Officer critical, suspect dead after shooting in Alabama

(Courtesy: WKRG)
(Courtesy: WKRG)

SARALAND, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer was shot and critically wounded while responding to a domestic call in the south Alabama city of Saraland. A suspect was shot and later died.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said Officer Jackie Tucker was shot as she and another officer responded to the Wednesday morning call.

Rich says the two had just walked up to the door of a house when the suspect, identified as Blake Richardson, opened the door and began firing, striking Tucker in the head.

Her unidentified partner returned fire and dragged her to safety. Rich said it was not immediately clear if Richardson, a 27-year-old white male, died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.

Rich said Tucker, who is black, is in stable condition after surgery.