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Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer 'ambushed,' murdered in his home

Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer was ambushed at home while taking his lunch break.
Credit: Selma Police Department

SELMA, Ala. — Selma Police Office Marquis Moorer was killed by a gunman while on duty. According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, Moorer was approached outside his apartment in the Selma Square Apartments and ambushed. A suspect is in custody and has been charged in the murder.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall mourned the tragic loss:

“Once again, one of Alabama’s law enforcement heroes has been tragically struck down,” Marshall said in a statement. “Early this morning, Officer Marquis Moorer was on duty with the Selma Police Department and had stopped by his home for a lunch break when shots were fired from outside. Officer Moorer was killed, and another person inside the residence at Selma Square Apartments was injured and has been hospitalized.”

“Every day, officers routinely risk their lives simply by putting on their uniforms and performing their duties to protect their fellow citizens,” Marshall said. “We must honor them and never take for granted the sacrifices they make on our behalf. I ask you to join me in prayerful gratitude for Officer Moorer as we hold his loved ones in our hearts.” 

Marshall concluded: “Please pray for his family, friends, and fellow officers.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter: 

“I extend my prayers for the family of Officer Marquis Moorer. A memo to lower the flag will be distributed to honor this hero as soon as his funeral is announced.”

Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Selma, said:

“We must put an end to this senseless violence which has taken our Black brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and countless others. I am heartbroken to learn about the fatal shooting of Marquis Moorer, an officer of the Selma Police Department, who served the citizens of Selma with great valor. Officer Moorer was a dedicated member of our law enforcement community who made the ultimate sacrifice in service. I would like to send my deepest condolences to this family, friends, and colleagues. I have full confidence that our law enforcement agencies will conduct a thorough investigation and find the individual responsible.” 

The Selma Police Department identified the woman as Moorer’s significant other. Moorer was killed at the couple’s apartment and the woman was wounded. Law enforcement departments mourned the loss of another of their own. 

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor said:

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Officer Moorer who was killed early Tuesday morning while on duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fellow officers with the Selma Police Department during this extremely difficult time. His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten as we mourn alongside the entire law enforcement community.”

“This senseless violence must come to an end,” Taylor said. “Every day, brave men and women put on the uniform and badge promising to protect the public and keep citizens’ lives safe while sacrificing their own. Today is a tragic reminder of just how dangerous a career in law enforcement can be. On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I want to assure everyone that we are absolutely committed to utilizing all available resources to apprehend the suspect or suspects involved in this horrendous tragedy. We are fully involved in the investigation and are currently taking all the necessary steps to ensure every facet of this case is handled with care and diligence; but is conducted in a manner that brings justice to bear both quickly and swiftly.”

Taylor said this investigation is active and ongoing. If you have any information regarding the death of Moorer, please contact ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation at 1-855-75-CRIME, or you may submit a tip online via ALEA’s Fusion Center or download the See Something Send Something mobile app.

Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said:

“We send our thoughts and prayers to members of the Selma Police Department. Early this morning, Officer Marquis Moorer was on duty with the Selma Police Department and had stopped by his home for a lunch break when he was shot and killed.  Today is a tragic and somber day as a law enforcement officer in the State of Alabama. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers with the Selma Police Department during this extremely difficult time.”  

The Hoover Police Department shared on social media:

“Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the loss of Officer Marquis Moorer of the Selma Police Department who was killed in the line of duty on the morning of Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The Hoover Police Department sends our deepest condolences to the Moorer family, as well as our brothers and sisters with the Selma Police Department. Rest in peace, Officer Moorer.  We’ll take the Watch from here.” 

The Birmingham Police Department shared:

“BPD Mourns the Loss of Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer Our hearts are heavy on this day as we grieve the loss of Officer Marquis Moorer of the Selma Police Department who was killed in the line of duty on the morning of Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The Birmingham Police Department sends our deepest condolences to the Moorer family and his fellow officers.” 

The Shelby County Sheriffs Department:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Selma Police Department and with the family of Officer Marquis Moorer who was killed in the line of duty.” 

Pelham Police Department:

“The men and women of #PelhamPD send our deepest condolences to the Selma Police Department and the family of Officer Marquis Moorer. He was killed in the line of duty this morning, July 27, 2021.” 

Huntsville Police Department:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Selma Police Department, their families and the City of Selma. We mourn with you in the loss of Officer Marquis Moorer. – Chief McMurray and The Huntsville Police Department.” 

Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Department:

“Sheriff Abernathy and the men and women of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Officer Marquis Moorer and Selma Police Department. Officer Moorer was killed today while on duty during his lunch break.” 

On Wednesday, police said a suspect in the shooting has been arrested and charged with Moorer’s murder. Javonte Stubbs, age 18, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Stubbs was arrested by officers of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Stubbs is being held in Chilton County. 

This story originally appeared in the Alabama Political Reporter.